The government of Belize has asked USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to authorize the importation of coconut fruit (Cocos nucifera) for consumption into the continental United States. APHIS has drafted a pest risk assessment that describes potential pests associated with this commodity.
APHIS shares draft pest risk assessments to determine whether stakeholders have information that might lead us to revise the draft assessment before we identify pest mitigations and proceed with the commodity import approval process.
The draft pest risk assessment for coconut for consumption from Belize will be available for review and comment until March 1, 2021. To view the assessment or submit comments, go to https://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant-health/risk-assessment-consultation
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