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Chilean Fruit May Skip|Ozone Depleting Pesticide

WASHINGTON (CN) - Figs and pomegranates may be imported from Chile without being fumigated with methyl bromide, under a rule proposed by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Under what the agency calls a "systems approach," the fruit would have to be grown in a place of production registered with the government of Chile and certified as having a low prevalence of Brevipalpus chilensis.

The fruit would have to undergo pre-harvest sampling at the registered production site.

Following post-harvest processing, the fruit would have to be inspected in Chile at an approved inspection site.

Each consignment of fruit would have to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating that the fruit had been found free of Brevipalpus chilensis based on field and packinghouse inspections.

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