APHIS Seeks Comments on Risk Removal for Dormant Apple Cuttings
The Pacific Northwest fruit tree industry has asked USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to remove dormant live apple (Malus spp.) cuttings from the Not Authorized Pending Pest Risk Analysis (NAPPRA) list. APHIS conducted a pest risk assessment (PRA) to examine plant pest risks associated with importing commercially produced dormant live apple (Malus spp.) cuttings for planting from the European Union countries of Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands into the Continental U.S. and Alaska.
The PRA is available for public review and comment until Aug. 30 at the APHIS Stakeholder Risk Assessment Consultation webpage.