In addition, APHIS is amending requirements to codify existing treatment procedures for fruits and vegetables and make them more consistent, transparent, and enforceable. These actions include: expanding fruit cutting and inspection to commodities that have been cold-treated for a wider variety of pests of concern, not just Mediterranean fruit fly; requiring compliance agreements for most treatment facilities and providers, including those who conduct fumigations or operate a fumigation facility in the United States; and, harmonizing language in the irradiation treatment regulations with the cold treatment regulations. Together, these actions will make our treatment regulations consistent across all treatment types, transparent to stakeholders, and enforceable, while strengthening our ability to keep pests of concern from entering the country.
The rule becomes effective on March 14, 2018, thirty days after publication in the Federal Register.
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