U.S. considers imports of Taiwanese longan fruit
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has proposed to allow the import of commercial shipments of fresh longan with stems from Taiwan into the United States.
As a condition of entry, the longan would be subject to cold treatment and special port-of-arrival inspection procedures for certain quarantine pests.
The fruit would have to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate stating that it was inspected and found free of certain pests. The individual cartons of fruit must also be stamped or printed with the statement prohibiting the importation or distribution of the Taiwan-origin longan in Florida.
The USDA will accept comments regarding the proposed rule through Jan. 6. For more details, access the Nov. 7 Federal Register notice at edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-26612.htm.