The US authorizes the importation of cold-treated fresh citrus from South Africa in all its ports of entry

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA-APHIS) authorized the importation of fresh citrus fruits from South Africa with cold treatment via all US ports of entry.

It's worth noting that APHIS had previously restricted the entry of cold-treated citrus from South Africa to four US ports. According to APHIS, this restriction gave them the option of cold treating the fruit should the in-transit treatment not be completed prior to arrival.

APHIS’ decision is based on the findings of a commodity import evaluation document (CIED) that the agency made available to the public for review and comment through a previous notice.

APHIS also conducted intensive inspections for false codling moth on citrus from South Africa over a two-year period at the four previously authorized ports: Newark, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Wilmington, Delaware; and Houston, Texas. During that time, more than 2,000 shipments of citrus were imported with no detections of live false codling moth.

According to APHIS, "this action is not expected to significantly increase the volume of citrus imports from South Africa."



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