Fresh pineapples, jackfruit and starfruit from Malaysia may now be exported to the U.S.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced its final rule allowing the imports in the March 19 issue of the Federal Register.
Fresh jackfruit, pineapples and starfruit from Malaysia may be exported to the U.S. if they are irradiated for insect pests, inspected and imported in commercial consignments.
In addition, APHIS will require commodity-specific measures for other pests associated with Malaysian jackfruit, pineapple, and starfruit.
Malaysia expects to export about 2,500 metric tons of fresh pineapples to the U.S., about .4% of all U.S. pineapple imports, according to the rule.
About 1,500 metric tons of fresh jackfruit and 3,000 metric tons of fresh starfruit are expected to ship from Malaysia to the U.S.