COMMENT PERIOD OPENING ON RISK ANALYSIS TO ALLOW IMPORT OF FRESH POMEGRANATE FRUIT FROM PERU INTO THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES

March 10, 2016

(RIVERDALE, MD) ― USDA APHIS is seeking comments on a Pest Risk Analysis (PRA) conducted to evaluate pest risks associated with the importation of fresh Pomegranate fruit (Punica granatum) from Peru into the United States and the Risk Management Document (RMD) which details the proposed mitigation measures prescribed to address any pests of concern. The PRA and RMD will be available for review and comment beginning Monday, March 14, 2016, and we will notify stakeholders of their availability.

Based on the PRA and RMD, we have concluded that Peruvian pomegranate fruit can be safely imported into the continental United States if it meets several conditions. The fruit is required to be inspected in Peru before departure and irradiated upon arrival into the United States for South American and Mediterranean fruit fly. The commercial consignments must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of Peru with a declaration that the fruit was prepared for export in accordance with the import requirements.

After reviewing any comments we receive, we will announce our decision regarding the import status of fresh pomegranate from Peru in a subsequent notice.
Once published, comments on the PRA and RMD can be submitted until May 13, 2016, on-line at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2016-0012

or by mail at:

Docket No. APHIS-2016-0012
Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD
APHIS Station 3A-03.8
4700 River Road
Riverdale, MD 20737-1238

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