Federal Order has been issued for Tomatoes adding Italy to the List of Countries Regulated for Tuta absoluta on 12 May 2009.
Federal Order has been issued for Tomatoes adding Italy to the List of Countries Regulated for Tuta absoluta on 12 May 2009. Most recently, Tuta absoluta has been reported in Italy, and APHIS is now including Italy on the list of countries that are infested. In order to prevent the introduction or the dissemination of Tuta absoluta into the United States, the APHIS Administrator has determined that it is necessary to restrict the importation of green tomatoes from Italy, unless mitigation measures that provide the appropriate level of phytosanitary security are complied with as required by this Federal Order.
This Federal Order action is necessary because the Administrator of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has determined that the introduction and establishment of Tuta absoluta poses a serious plant pest threat to U.S. agriculture including certain fruits or vegetables grown here. The purpose of this Federal Order is to prevent the entry or introduction of the harmful plant pest, the tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta (Meyrick, 1917), from foreign countries into the United States. In addition APHIS also issued a Federal Order on February 23, 2009 that placed additional restrictions on tomatoes (green, pink Or red) from Algeria, France, Morocco and Spain.
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