USDA MAY EASE FRUIT IMPORT RULES

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- The Agriculture Department has proposed permitting the importation of 16 fruits and vegetables that now cannot be sold by food retailers due to concerns the produce could harbor crop-damaging insects."This action would provide the United States with additional kinds of fruits and vegetables, while continuing to protect American agriculture against the introduction of exotic plant

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- The Agriculture Department has proposed permitting the importation of 16 fruits and vegetables that now cannot be sold by food retailers due to concerns the produce could harbor crop-damaging insects.

"This action would provide the United States with additional kinds of fruits and vegetables, while continuing to protect American agriculture against the introduction of exotic plant pests," said Alfred S. Elder, acting deputy administrator of the USDA's Animal and Pl

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