APHIS Prohibits the Importation of Pomegranate Arils from Peru into the United States due to Mediterranean Fruit Fly (Ceratitis capitata)

Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) prohibits the importation of pomegranate arils from Peru into the United States. APHIS is taking this action in response to two detections of Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly) larvae in commercial shipments of pomegranate arils from Peru.

Prior to this Federal Order, pomegranate arils were commercially enterable into the United States with inspection at the first port of entry. In May 2018, Customs and Border Protection Agriculture Specialists at Los Angeles International Airport detected Medfly larvae in two commercial consignments of pomegranate arils from Peru. Due to the pest risk, APHIS has determined that prohibition of pomegranate arils from Peru is immediately necessary to prevent the entry of Medfly into the United States, pending an investigation and appropriate remedial measures. This prohibition applies to both commercial shipments and passenger baggage. This prohibition does not affect the commercial importation of whole pomegranate fruit from Peru, which remain enterable with treatment. Continue reading

APHIS Establishes Mediterranean Fruit Fly (Ceratitis capitata) Quarantine in the Half Moon Bay Area of San Mateo County, California

Effective November 22, 2017, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) established a Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly) quarantine in the Half Moon Bay area of San Mateo County, California. APHIS is applying safeguarding measures and restrictions on the interstate movement or entry into foreign trade of regulated articles from this area.

On November 14, 2017, CDFA and San Mateo County program staff trapped the first adult male Medfly in the area of Half Moon Bay, California. CDFA confirmed an additional male Medfly on November 22, 2017, triggering the federal and state quarantine. Currently, the quarantine area encompasses approximately 56 square miles. APHIS is working with CDFA and the San Mateo County Agriculture Commissioner’s office to respond to these detections following program survey, treatment, and quarantine protocols. This action is necessary to prevent the spread of medfly to non-infested areas of the United States. Continue reading

APHIS Rescinds the Federal Order Prohibiting the Importation of Certain Citrus Fruit from the Berkane Region in Morocco due to Mediterranean Fruit Fly (Ceratitis capitata)

Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is lifting the Federal Order (DA-2016-79) issued December 23, 2016, which prohibited the importation of tangerines, clementines, mandarins (Citrus reticulata), and sweet oranges (Citrus sinensis) produced in, moved through, or shipped from the Berkane Region in Morocco into the United States. Prior to the Federal Order prohibiting such imports, tangerine, clementine, mandarin, and sweet orange fruit could be imported to the United States subject to commodity import requirements and operational work plan (OWP) safeguards. APHIS took action to ban the citrus due to the detection of live Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly) larvae in Berkane citrus at a U.S. port of entry. Continue reading

APHIS Establishes a Medfly Quarantine in the Arleta Area of Los Angeles County, California

Effective November 19, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) established a Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly) quarantine in a residential area of Los Angeles County, California. APHIS is applying safeguarding measures and restrictions on the interstate movement or entry into foreign trade of regulated articles from this area. Continue reading

APHIS Amends the Federal Order Restricting Imports of Mediterranean Fruit Fly (Ceratitis capitata) Host Commodities

Effective immediately, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is amending the Federal Order restricting U.S. imports of certain fruits and vegetables from the Dominican Republic to add Distrito Nacional and Santo Domingo to the list of provinces allowed to export Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly) host material to the United States. Continue reading

California has no more medfly quarantines

Effective October 29, 2015, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has removed the La Mesa area of San Diego County California from the Mediterranean fruit fly (medfly) quarantine area. As a result, California does not have any medfly quarantines. Continue reading