Jamaica fruit shipments to U.S. resumed
Jamaican exports of ackee fruit to the U.S., a $400 million per annum slice of business that was halted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in December 2005, have been resumed.
The first shipment of the fruit left by air from Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on Friday, December 8, according to a report in the Jamaica Observer. The shipments were halted a year ago after the USDA found high levels of the toxin hypoglycin in the fruit.
The USDA decided to lift the ban in October, pending the implementation of a program of strict monitoring by USDA inspectors.