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

Two Pest Risk Analyses available for public comment

Available for Comment: Pest Risk Analysis for Fresh Figs from Peru

03/14/2016

Notice of Availability of a Pest Risk Analysis for the Importation of Fresh Figs from Peru Into the Continental United States

APHIS published a Notice of Availability of a Pest Risk Analysis and risk mitigations for comment in the Federal Register on March 14, 2016, proposing to allow the importation of fresh figs from Peru into the continental United States. Continue reading