Irradiated fresh pitaya — dragonfruit — and pomegranates from Mexico should be allowed into the U.S., according to a new pest risk assessment from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The notice of a pest risk analysis for Mexican fresh pitaya and pomegranates was published in the Federal Register Aug. 2. Comments will be taken on the document until Oct. 3, according to the agency.
In the pest risk assessment, the USDA said fresh pitaya and pomegranates can be safely shipped to the U.S. if they are irradiated first. After taking comments on the pest risk assessment, the agency said it would announce its decision regarding the import status of the fresh pitaya and pomegranates in a later notice.