Fresh celery, arugula and spinach grown in Colombia have been approved for import into the U.S.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal Plant Health Inspection Service notice was issued in the Federal Register, effective May 18.
Under the terms of the approval, fresh celery, arugula, and spinach from Colombia must be imported as commercial shipments only, and each shipment must also include a phytosanitary certificate issued by plant health officials in Colombia. In addition, the notice said shipments must be inspected visually upon arrival at U.S. ports of entry.
The USDA noted that Colombia is expected to be a minor exporter of celery to the U.S., with plantings of just 70 acres for the whole country in one recent year. No specific USDA estimates on export projections to the U.S. were given for the approved vegetables.