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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus

(Figures 1 and 2: Luria, et al., 2017 https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0170429.g001); Figure 3: Alkowni, et al., 2019 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/330722102)

On November 15, 2019, APHIS issued a Federal Order imposing restrictions on imports of tomato and pepper seed lots, transplants, and fruit from all countries where tomato brown rugose fruit virus exists. These actions went into effect Friday, November 22. 

On June 3, 2020, APHIS amended the import requirements for tomato and pepper fruit for consumption by adding restrictions for tomatoes and peppers to additional countries. Also the amendment clarifies that obscured tomato and pepper seed remain eligible for importation into the United States under the obscured seed program. The Federal Order effective date is Friday, June 5, 2020. All other requirements in the November 15, 2019 (DA-2019-28) version of the Federal Order are unchanged.

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