U.S. Bans Import of Pomegranate Arils from Peru
Effective immediately, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has suspended imports of pomegranate arils (Ceratitis capitata) from Peru because of phytosanitary concerns – specifically the interception of Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly) larvae. Prior to this Federal Order, pomegranate arils were allowed to be imported into the U.S. with inspection at the first port of entry.
This prohibition does not affect the commercial importation of whole pomegranate fruit from Peru, which can still enter the U.S. with proper treatment.
For more information, please read USDA Aphis Bulletin