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The government of Italy has asked the U.S. to allow imports of artichokes from Sardinia, Italy.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Sept. 27 that Italy wants access to the entire U.S. market, including Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and U.S. territories.

The agency has drafted a risk assessment that lists potential pests likely to remain on the commodity upon import if no safeguard steps are applied. The USDA is taking comments on the document for 30 days, according to a news release.

The USDA identified seven quarantine pests in the Italian producing region that may need risk management measure before shipments to the U.S. are permitted, according to its risk assessment. The document is found on the USDA website

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