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Import requirements for Chinese fragrant pears have been relaxed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In a notice published in the Federal Register, the USDA said it is revising import requirements for the importation of fresh fragrant pears from China into the U.S. also is authorizing fragrant pear imports from an additional area in China.

According to the notice, the fragrant pears eligible to be shipped to the U.S. must now be grown in the Akesu or Korla region at a production site that is registered with plant health officials in China and approved by the USDA.

In addition, the USDA said packinghouses must have a tracking system in place that will allow for traceback of the fruit to individual production sites. 


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