USDA authorizes citrus imports from Peru
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has changed its regulations to allow, under certain conditions, the import of fresh citrus from Peru.
Fruits covered under the rule change, effective May 1, include grapefruit, limes, mandarin oranges or tangerines, and sweet oranges and tangelos.
The agency will require, however, that a written permit be issued and that the fruit originate in an approved citrus-producing zone. With the exception of limes, the fruit must also be cold treated to ensure that it’s free of pests, such as fruit flies.