Friday October 25, 2013
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has issued a final rule that, effective Nov. 25, will allow the cold treatment of imported fruits and vegetables upon arrival at the MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah, III. , under certain conditions. This facility is expected to be used mainly to treat imported blueberries. APHIS has determined that there are biological barriers at this port that, along with certain safeguards, would prevent the introduction of fruit flies and other insect pest in the unlikely event that they escape from shipments of fruits or vegetables before prior to cold treatment.
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