*Updated* IMMEDIATE UPDATE: Med fruit fly in certain areas in Chile

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*Updated* IMMEDIATE UPDATE: Med fruit fly in certain areas in Chile

05/14/2015 11:47 am

Additional information to our announcement yesterday:

This treatment requirement does not apply to the entire country of Chile. This only applies to the quarantined area in San Esteban township, Los Andes Province in Region V, Valparaiso. Chile recently notified APHIS-PPQ of intent to treat several Medfly host commodities (grapes, pomegranates, and lemons) for export to the United States from an area under eradication for Medfly with an approved quarantine treatment as a precautionary measure.

The treatment application can be completed in Chile, done in transit, or at a U.S. port of entry that has cold treatment facilities. For shipments from the affected areas that are in transit, Chile has notified inspecting officials that these shipments are in transit and Cold Treatment will be applied. If the shipments are arriving from the free areas, Cold Treatment is not required.
Original Message:

Effective immediately, USDA APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) will require a mandatory cold treatment (T107-a) for grapes, lemons, and pomegranates from the quarantine areas in Chile.

The update is in response to findings of live Mediterranean fruit fly larvae in Chile, grapes from quarantine areas require in transit cold treatment (T107-a) in addition to the required methyl bromide fumigation (T101-h-2). The additional cold treatment requirement is in effect May 13 through June 30, 2015.

Pomegranate from quarantine areas require in transit cold treatment (T107-a) in addition to the required methyl bromide fumigation (T101-i-1-2). The additional cold treatment requirement is in effect May 13 and will continue until further notice. Containers from the quarantine areas will be identified in the email transmitting the vessel report.

Lemons from quarantine areas require in transit cold treatment (T107-a) in addition to the required methyl bromide fumigation (T101-n-2-1). The additional cold treatment requirement is in effect May 13 and will continue until further notice. Containers from the quarantine areas will be identified in the email transmitting the vessel report.