The U.S. Department of Agriculture has proposed a rule that would waive the cold treatment requirement on cape gooseberry imports from some parts of Colombia.
Colombian authorities requested commercial production from sites recognized as free of the Mediterranean fruit fly — the Bogota savannah and nearby areas above 2,200 meters elevation in Boyacá and Cundinamarca — be exempted.
The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service determined fruit from the region can be safely imported without cold treatment if various measures are followed.
Among the measures are regular trapping in the region, where only one such fly has been found since 1993; marking shipments with the identity of originating farms; visual inspections by Colombian authorities; and phytosanitary procedures.
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