USDA Announces the Expansion of Citrus-Growing Area and the Importation of Citrus from Peru into the continental United States

USDA Announces the Expansion of Citrus-Growing Area and the Importation of Citrus from Peru into the continental United States

The final rule will be available on Monday, September 14 at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2015-0005

Summary: 

We are amending the fruits and vegetable regulations to allow citrus fruit from the entire country of Peru to be imported into the continental United States.  Currently, the regulations allow the importation of citrus fruit to the United States from five approved citrus-producing zones in Peru, subject to a systems approach.  However, based on the findings of a pest list and commodity import evaluation document, we have determined that this systems approach also mitigates the plant pest risk associated with citrus fruit produced in all other areas of Peru.  This action will allow the importation of citrus fruit from the entire country of Peru while continuing to provide protection against the introduction of plant pests into the continental United States.

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