Technical Amendment: Final rule
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is amending regulations regarding the importation of mangoes from India to clarify inspection requirements for the mangoes. There has been confusion among stakeholders about whether preclearance inspections are required for mangoes from India intended for irradiation in the United States.
To clarify, we consider preclearance inspections, which are jointly conducted by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the NPPO of India, to be necessary only when irradiation will take place in India. If the mangoes will be irradiated in the United States, we require the mangoes to be inspected in the United States prior to this treatment. Accordingly, it is more useful and cost effective for the NPPO to initially inspect the mangoes in India, and for us to subsequently inspect the mangoes at the port of entry into the United States. As a result, we are amending paragraphs (d) and (e)(2) of § 319.56-46 to remove their references to preclearance activities.
To view the final rule and related documents, go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2009-0100 .