[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 117 (Friday, June 18, 2010)]
[Notices]
[Page 34687]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-14791]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2009-0092]


Notice of Decision to Issue Permits for the Importation of Fresh 
False Coriander From Panama Into the Continental United States

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: We are advising the public of our decision to begin issuing 
permits for the importation into the continental United States of fresh 
false coriander from Panama. Based on the findings of a pest risk 
analysis, which we made available to the public for review and comment 
through a previous notice, we believe that the application of one or 
more designated phytosanitary measures will be sufficient to mitigate 
the risks of introducing or disseminating plant pests or noxious weeds 
via the importation of fresh false coriander from Panama.

EFFECTIVE DATE: June 18, 2010.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. David Lamb, Import Specialist, 
Regulatory Coordination and Compliance, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road 
Unit 133, Riverdale, MD 20737-1236; (301) 734-4312.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Under the regulations in ``Subpart--Fruits and Vegetables'' (7 CFR 
319.56-1 through 319.56-50, referred to below as the regulations), the 
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the U.S. 
Department of Agriculture prohibits or restricts the importation of 
fruits and vegetables into the United States from certain parts of the 
world to prevent plant pests from being introduced into and spread 
within the United States.
    Section 319.56-4 contains a performance-based process for approving 
the importation of commodities that, based on the findings of a pest-
risk analysis, can be safely imported subject to one or more of the 
designated phytosanitary measures listed in paragraph (b) of that 
section. Under that process, APHIS publishes a notice in the Federal 
Register announcing the availability of the pest risk analysis that 
evaluates the risks associated with the importation of a particular 
fruit or vegetable. Following the close of the 60-day comment period, 
APHIS may begin issuing permits for importation of the fruit or 
vegetable subject to the identified designated measures if: (1) No 
comments were received on the pest risk analysis; (2) the comments on 
the pest risk analysis revealed that no changes to the pest risk 
analysis were necessary; or (3) changes to the pest risk analysis were 
made in response to public comments, but the changes did not affect the 
overall conclusions of the analysis and the Administrator's 
determination of risk.
    In accordance with that process, we published a notice\1\ in the 
Federal Register on February 9, 2010 (75 FR 6345-6346, Docket No. 
APHIS-2009-0092), in which we announced the availability, for review 
and comment, of a pest risk analysis that evaluates the risks 
associated with the importation into the continental United States of 
fresh false coriander from Panama. We solicited comments on the notice 
for 60 days ending on April 12, 2010. We received no comments by that 
date.
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    \1\ To view the notice, go to (http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/main?main=DocketDetail&d=APHIS-2009-0092) .
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    Therefore, in accordance with the regulations in Sec.  319.56-
4(c)(2)(ii), we are announcing our decision to begin issuing permits 
for the importation into the continental United States of fresh false 
coriander from Panama subject to the following phytosanitary measures:
     Each shipment of false coriander is subject to inspection 
upon arrival in the United States and must comply with all applicable 
provisions of Sec.  319.56-3.
     Each shipment of false coriander must be accompanied by a 
phytosanitary certificate bearing the following additional declaration: 
``The false coriander in this consignment has been inspected and found 
free of Nysius simulans.''
     The false coriander must be a commercial consignment as 
defined in 7 CFR 319.56-2.
    These conditions will be listed in the Fruits and Vegetables Import 
Requirements database available at (http://www.aphis.usda.gov/favir) . 
In addition to those specific measures, the fresh false coriander will 
be subject to the general requirements listed in Sec.  319.56-3 that 
are applicable to the importation of all fruits and vegetables.

    Authority: 7 U.S.C. 450, 7701-7772, and 7781-7786; 21 U.S.C. 136 
and 136a; 7 CFR 2.22, 2.80, and 371.3.

    Done in Washington, DC, this 14\th\ day of June 2010.

Kevin Shea
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2010-14791 Filed 6-17-10: 8:45 am]
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