Northwest Horticultural Council
Israel Alters Export Rule for Apples Grown in Pest-Free Counties
Current situation: The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) informed the Northwest Horticultural Council (NHC) that Israel made a change to their export requirements for apples. Going forward, if the apples were grown in a pest-free county for apple maggot, then the production county must be named in the appropriate additional declaration on the phytosanitary certificate.
“The fruit originated in an area free from Rhagoletis pomonella in [COUNTY], [STATE].”
Unchanged is that the fruit may also be cold treated prior to or in transit.
There are no changes to the pear protocol.
Contact: For more information contact Fred Scarlett, Vice President for Export Programs at (509) 453-3193.