News Date: 12/15/2008
USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is advising the public that it is adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the regulations governing the interstate movement of fruit from an area quarantined for citrus canker. It would extend the temporary exception that allows fruit to be packed for interstate movement in bags that are clearly marked with only a limited distribution statement, if those bags are then packed in a box that is marked with both the limited distribution statement and the statement "Limited Permit: USDA-APHIS-PPQ." The interim rule extended the ending date for this temporary exemption from August 1, 2008 to August 1, 2010.
The interim rule was necessary to provide for the continued use of existing inventories of bags in which regulated fruit are packed while maintaining safeguards against the movement of regulated fruit to commercial citrus-producing states. Notice of this action is scheduled to be published in the December 12 Federal Register. This rule affirms the interim rule that was published and effective July 31. (Contact: Bob Ehart)
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