Pest Risk Analyses: Importation of Fresh Pitaya and Pomegranates from Mexico into Continental United States
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
[Docket No. APHIS-2011-0031]
Notice of Availability of Pest Risk Analyses for the Importation of Fresh Pitaya and Pomegranates From Mexico Into the Continental United States
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.
We are advising the public that we have prepared pest risk analyses that evaluate the risks associated with the importation into the continental United States of fresh pitaya and pomegranates from Mexico. Based on these analyses, we believe that the application of one or more designated phytosanitary measures will be sufficient to mitigate the risks of introducing or disseminating plant pests or noxious weeds via the importation of fresh pitaya and pomegranates from Mexico. We are making the pest risk analyses available to the public for review and comment.
We will consider all comments that we receive on or before October 3, 2011.
You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at or in our reading room, which is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 690-2817 before coming.
Other Information: Additional information about APHIS and its programs is available on the Internet at .
For Further Information Contact
Mr. Marc Phillips, Regulatory Policy Specialist, Regulations, Permits, and Import Manuals, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 133, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; (301) 734-4394.
Under the regulations in “Subpart—Fruits and Vegetables” (7 CFR 319.56-1 through 319.56-50, referred to below as the regulations), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits or restricts the importation of fruits and vegetables into the United States from certain parts of the world to prevent plant pests from being introduced into and spread within the United States.
Section 319.56-4 contains a performance-based process for approving the importation of commodities that, based on the findings of a pest-risk analysis, can be safely imported subject to one or more of the designated phytosanitary measures listed in paragraph (b) of that section.
APHIS received requests from the Government of Mexico to allow the importation of fresh pitaya (Hylocereus spp.) and pomegranates (Punica granatum L.) into the continental United States. We have completed pest lists for these commodities to identify pests of quarantine significance that could follow the pathway of importation into the continental United States and, based on these lists, have prepared risk management documents to identify phytosanitary measures that could be applied to fresh pitaya and pomegranates from Mexico to mitigate the pest risk. We have concluded that fresh pitaya and pomegranates can be safely imported into the continental United States from Mexico using one or more of the five designated phytosanitary measures listed in § 319.56-4(b). These measures are:
Therefore, in accordance with § 319.56-4(c), we are announcing the availability of our pest risk analyses for public review and comment. The pest risk analyses may be viewed on the Regulations.gov Web site or in our reading room (see ADDRESSES above for a link to Regulations.gov and information on the location and hours of the reading room). You may request paper copies of the pest risk analyses by calling or writing to the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Please refer to the subject of the pest risk analysis you wish to review when requesting copies.
After reviewing any comments we receive, we will announce our decision regarding the import status of fresh pitaya and pomegranates from Mexico in a subsequent notice. If the overall conclusions of the analysis and the Administrator's determination of risk remain unchanged following our consideration of the comments, then we will authorize the importation of fresh pitaya and pomegranates from Mexico into the continental United States subject to the requirements specified in the risk management documents.
7 U.S.C. 450, 7701-7772, and 7781-7786; 21 U.S.C. 136 and 136a; 7 CFR 2.22, 2.80, and 371.3.
Done in Washington, DC, this 28th day of July 2011.
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2011-19501 Filed 8-1-11; 8:45 am]
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Date Posted: Aug 2, 2011
Federal Register Number: 2011-19501
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