( USDA )

Australian officials have asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to approve U.S. imports of Australian apricots, nectarines, peaches, European plums, and Japanese plums.

The USDA said in a news release that the agency has drafted two pest risk assessments that describes potential pests associated with these commodities. 

“APHIS shares draft pest risk assessments and pest lists to determine whether stakeholders have information that might lead us to revise the draft assessment before we identify pest mitigations and proceed with the commodity import approval process,” the USDA said in the release. The draft pest risk assessments for Australian stone fruit will be available for review and comment until Feb. 4 at this link.