In a May 7 proposal, the USDA said it favors opening the U.S. market to jackfruit, pineapple, and starfruit from Malaysia if the fruit is irradiated and certain other phytosanitary conditions are met.
The comment period on the proposal ends July 8, according to the USDA. The agency said comments on the ruling can be made online.
The USDA said in the notice that producers/exporters in Malaysia predict they will sent about 2,500 metric tons of pineapple to the U.S. market. By way of comparison, Hawaii produced 99,000 metric tons in a recent year and total pineapple imports were 809,000 metric tons in 2010, according to the USDA. The USDA said Malaysian producers expect to export about 1,500 metric tons of fresh jackfruit and 3,000 metric tons of starfruit to the U.S. The USDA said the agency has no data on current levels of jackfruit and starfruit production and trade.