Washington, D.C., July 10, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has reopened the comment period for a pest risk analysis that evaluates the risks associated with the importation of fresh mamey sapote fruit (Pouteria sapota [Jacq.] H.E. Moore & Stearn) from Mexico into the continental United States. APHIS re-opened the comment period to give interested stakeholders additional time to provide input on the pest risk analysis. The new comment period is open until August 2, 2019.
Based on the analysis, APHIS scientists have determined the application of one or more protective measures will be sufficient to mitigate the risks of introducing or disseminating plant pests or noxious weeds via the importation of fresh mamey sapote fruit from Mexico. We are making the pest risk analysis and risk management document outlining those measures available to the public for review and comment.
To safeguard U.S. agriculture the importation of fresh mamey sapote from Mexico would be subject to a series of measures taken by growers, packers and shippers that, in combination, minimize pest risks before a commodity is imported in the continental United States. The following conditions are included in those outlined. The mamey sapote fruit would be imported in commercial shipments only; before fruit could be imported it would have to undergo inspections by Mexico’s national plant protection organization; phytosanitary treatments would be required to take place before shipments could be imported; and, inspections would be required at the port where the fruit enters the continental United States. Mexico would have to issue a phytosanitary certificate stating that the consignment was inspected and found free of quarantine pests. Mexico would have to enter into an operational workplan with APHIS that spells out the daily procedures the country will take to implement the protective measures identified.
You may view this notice in the Federal Register and submit comments until August 2, 2019, here: http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2019-0011. You may also mail your written comments to Docket No. APHIS-2019-0011, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238.
After reviewing the comments, APHIS will announce its decision regarding the import status of fresh mamey sapote fruit from Mexico in a final notice.
USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. In the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.