The government of Turkey has asked USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to authorize the importation of melon for consumption into the continental United States. APHIS has drafted a pest risk assessment that describes potential pests associated with the commodity.
APHIS shares draft pest risk assessments and pest lists 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 melon for consumption from Turkey will be available for review and comment until May 14, 2020. To view the assessment or submit comments, go to https://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant-health/risk-assessment-consultation
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