APHIS Seeks Comments on the Pest Risk Assessment and Risk Management Document for Fresh Guava Fruit Imports from Taiwan into the Continental United States
Washington, D.C., December 13, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has prepared and is accepting comments on a pest risk assessment that evaluates the risks associated with the importation of fresh guava fruit from Taiwan into the continental United States. Based on this analysis, APHIS scientists have determined that the measures Taiwan will take are sufficient to protect against introducing or disseminating plant pests or noxious weeds into the continental United States via fresh guava imports. APHIS is making this pest risk assessment and these measures available to the public for review and comment.
To safeguard U.S. agriculture, the importation of guava from Taiwan would be subject to a series of measures taken by growers, packers, and shippers that, in combination, minimize pest risks before the commodity is imported into the continental United States. Specifically, the following conditions would apply: registration of packinghouses and places of production, regular inspections, grove sanitation, trapping for fruit flies, cold treatment, lot identification, and issuance of a phytosanitary certificate. Taiwan’s national plant protection organization would also enter into an perational workplan with APHIS that details the daily procedures it will implement to fulfill these requirements.
You may view this notice in the Federal Register
here. Beginning tomorrow, the public will be able to submit comments at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2018-0073 until February 12, 2019. After
reviewing all comments, APHIS will announce its decision regarding the import status
of fresh guava fruit from Taiwan in a final notice.