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USDA Announces the Importation of Fresh Blueberry Fruit from Morocco into the Continental United States


We are amending the regulations concerning the importation of fruits and vegetables to allow the importation of fresh blueberry fruit from Morocco into the continental United States.  As a condition of entry, the blueberries would have to be produced in accordance with a systems approach employing a combination of mitigation measures for the Mediterranean fruit fly and a fungus that are rated high risk, and would have to be inspected prior to exportation from Morocco and found free of these pests.  The blueberries would have to be imported in commercial consignments only and would have to be treated to lessen the risk of Mediterranean fruit flies.  The blueberries would also have to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating that the conditions for importation have been met.  This action would allow the importation of blueberries from Morocco while continuing to protect against the introduction of plant pests into the United States.



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