WASHINGTON (CN) - The public has additional time to comment on Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service whether and how it should amend the process for responding to domestic chrysanthemum white rust outbreaks and the importation of host plant material.
White rust is an economically important disease in field-grown and greenhouse-grown chrysanthemum plants, and cut flower production.
On Aug. 3 the agency asked for comments on four options: Continuing to manage the rust as a quarantine pest with the objective of continuing to eradicate new infestations; revising the current regulations to designate the rust as a regulated non-quarantine pest; no longer managing the rust as a quarantine pest whose presence requires an eradication-oriented response, but maintaining port of entry restrictions for chrysanthemums destined to those states where the rust is not present and where these states have established an official control program under the Federally Recognized State-Managed Phytosanitary Program; or completely removing it as a quarantine pest whose presence requires an eradication-oriented response.
Comments are due by Nov. 30.
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