USDA approves imports of Mexican pitayas, pomegranates - The Packer

USDA approves imports of Mexican pitayas, pomegranates

08/13/2013 03:13:00 PM
Tom Karst

USDAThe U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Plant Health Inspection Service has approved imports of fresh pitayas and pomegranates from Mexico.

The notice, published Aug. 13, give the fruit immediate access to the U.S. market if treated with designated phytosantiary measures, including irradiation, according to the USDA notice.

The USDA first proposed approving imports of fresh pitayas — also known as dragon fruit — and pomegranates from Mexico in October 2011.

Imports of the Mexican fruit can now be entered into the U.S. under certain phytosanitary measures, according to the USDA:

 

  • fresh pitayas and pomegranates may be imported into the continental U.S. in commercial consignments only;
  • pitayas and pomegranates must be irradiated with a minimum absorbed dose of 150 Gy;
  • if the irradiation treatment is applied outside the U.S., each consignment of fruit must be jointly inspected by APHIS and Mexican quarantine officials; and
  • if the irradiation treatment is applied upon arrival in the U.S. each consignment of fruit must be inspected by the Mexican quarantine officials before departure.
  • fresh pitayas and pomegranates may be imported into the continental U.S. in commercial consignments only;
  • pitayas and pomegranates must be irradiated with a minimum absorbed dose of 150 Gy;
  • if the irradiation treatment is applied outside the U.S., each consignment of fruit must be jointly inspected by APHIS and Mexican quarantine officials; and
  • if the irradiation treatment is applied upon arrival in the U.S. each consignment of fruit must be inspected by the Mexican quarantine officials before departure.



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