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APHIS Clarifies Regulatory Requirements for Seeds for Sprouting for Human Consumption

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently updated the Seeds Not for Planting Manual and the Plants for Planting Manual to amend the import policy for seeds for sprouting intended for human consumption. When imported for the purpose of consumption and not propagation, seed for sprouting will no longer require a phytosanitary certificate and will be exempt from the sampling and testing provisions of the Federal Seed Act. However, sprouting seeds for human consumption are still subject to inspection by APHIS or U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials at the port of arrival.

Importers who have questions about the requirements for sprouting seeds for human consumption should send an email to or call (301) 851-2046 or (877) 770-5990 (Toll-Free Automated System).

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