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USDA Announces the Importation of Fresh Peppers from Peru into the continental United States and the Territories

Link: The final rule will be available on Monday, September 14 at!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2014-0028-0001


We are amending the fruits and vegetables regulations to allow the importation of fresh peppers into the continental United States and the Territories from Peru.  As a condition of entry, the fruit will have to be produced in accordance with a systems approach that includes requirements for fruit fly trapping, pre-harvest inspections, production sites, and packinghouse procedures designed to exclude quarantine pests.  The fruit will also be required to be imported in commercial consignments and accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of Peru with an additional declaration stating that the consignment was produced in accordance with the requirements of the systems approach.  This action allows for the importation of untreated fresh peppers from Peru while continuing to provide protection against the introduction of plant pests into the continental United States and the Territories.


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