The US government has approved the import of fresh pomelo from Thailand, Department of Agriculture director-general Phichead Wiriyaphaha said on Wednesday. This is the first time this has happened in 15 years.
Phichead: “The department had in 2006 proposed to the US a plan to export several types of fresh fruit, but the US had allowed only seven types of fruit imports from Thailand. “They are mangoes, mangosteen, rambutan, logan, lichee, pineapples and dragon fruit. Pomelo was recently added to the list, and it will be the first time in 15 years that fresh Thai pomelo will penetrate the US market.”
Eligible exporters of pomelos must be registered with the Department and have their produce undergo radiation treatment to eliminate agricultural pests, especially fruit flies, that may have contaminated the fruits. The point of origin must also be certified under the GAP (good agricultural practices) standard, while packaging facilities must be certified under the GMP (good manufacturing practices) standard.
Publication date: Thu 3 Feb 2022
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