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US will allow imports of South Korean carrots

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is authorizing the importation of fresh carrots from the Republic of Korea into the United States.

On Nov. 12, 2019, APHIS published a pest risk assessment and a risk management document for review and comment. The pest risk assessment identified pests of quarantine significance that could follow this commodity into the United States.

The risk mitigation document outlined available measures to mitigate those pest risks. Based on this analysis, APHIS has determined that fresh carrots from the Republic of Korea can be safely imported into the U.S. under a systems approach to protect against the introduction and spread of plant pests.

The Republic of Korea’s national plant protection organization must also inspect shipments before export and issue a phytosanitary certificate.

The formal document can be found here.

Source: produceprocessing.net


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