Washington, D.C., September 23, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has prepared and is accepting comments on a pest risk analysis regarding the importation of fresh sand pear fruit from Japan into the United States. After thorough analysis, APHIS scientists have determined that sand pears from all areas of Japan, excluding Amami, Bonin, Ryukyu, Tokara, and Volcano Islands, can be safely imported under the current import requirements. At this time, sand pears may only be imported from certain authorized production areas within Japan.
APHIS will carefully consider all comments received by November 22, 2019. You can submit comments at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2019-0057. After reviewing all comments, APHIS will announce its final decision in a subsequent notice in the Federal Register.
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