( Courtesy USDA-APHIS )

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking comments on a pest risk assessment for allowing South African mangoes into the U.S.

The government of South Africa asked the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to authorize imports of the fruit into the U.S. The assessment is a step in the process of determining whether a particular agricultural import would harm U.S. agricultural crops.

The APHIS will accept comments on the draft assessment until Oct. 14, according to a news release.

“APHIS shares draft pest risk assessments 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,” according to the APHIS notice.