Bell peppers

The US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced it is proposing to allow, under certain conditions, the import of commercial shipments of peppers from Panama into the US without treatment.

These conditions, which include trapping, pre-harvest inspection and shipping procedures, are designed to prevent the introduction of quarantine pests into the US.

The move would allow for the import of peppers from Panama into the US, while providing for protection against the introduction of quarantine pests.

The proposal was published in the USDA's 1 June Federal Register. Consideration will be given to comments received on or before 2 August.