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USDA assesses pest risk to import fresh Peruvian pitahaya

APHIS shares draft pest risk assessments to determine if interested parties have information that could help review the draft assessment before proceeding with the import process.


Peruvian pitahaya.

The Government of Peru has requested the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the United States Department of Agriculture to authorize the importation of fresh pitahaya (Selenicereus costaricensis, S. megalanthus, S. monacanthus and S. undatus) for its consumption in the North American country.

In a statement, APHIS said it has produced a pest risk assessment document that outlines potential pests associated with the product.

The original market access was for fresh commercial dragon fruit Hylocereus costaricensis, H. megalanthus, H. monacanthus and H. undatus.

However, the currently accepted scientific name for these species is Selenicereus costaricensis, S. megalanthus, S. monacanthus, and S. undatus, respectively (National Genetic Resources Program, 2021).

APHIS developed the pest risk assessment with the current taxonomy of the product. The common name is pitahaya or dragon fruit.

“APHIS shares draft pest risk assessments to determine if stakeholders have information that could lead us to review the draft assessment before identifying pest risk mitigations and proceeding with the import approval process. of commodities, ”notes the USDA service.

The draft pest risk assessment for fresh dragon fruit will be available for review and comment until August 23, 2021.

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