The United States lifted restrictions on imports of Mexican tomatoes due to rugosa virus

Published Jun 20, 2024

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The US government has lifted restrictions on the importation of fresh Mexican tomatoes related to the tomato rugose virus (ToBRFV) after four years of discussions, as announced by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Effective June 17, Mexican tomato exporters no longer need an inspection certificate for shipments to the US, streamlining the border crossing process. The USDA's new regulation now only applies to tomato and pepper propagative material, not fresh products. This decision follows successful arguments by Senasica that fresh fruit does not spread ToBRFV. The Mexican tomato industry, which generates over 400,000 jobs and produces more than 3.4 million tons annually, stands to benefit significantly from this change.
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The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development reported that after four years of technical arguments with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the US government lifted restrictions related to the tomato rugose virus (ToBRFV) for the importation of fresh tomatoes. Mexican. Thus, as of June 17, Mexican producers who export the fruit to the United States do not need to include an inspection certificate in their shipments, which makes border crossing easier and faster. The National Agri-Food Health, Safety and Quality Service (Senasica) indicated that due to the analysis of the information carried out by American phytosanitary specialists, the USDA issued Federal Order DA-2024-21, which establishes regulation only for imports. of tomato and pepper propagative material, including seeds, and excludes fresh product. It should be remembered that on June 3, 2020, the USDA updated the phytosanitary requirements for the importation of ToBRFV hosts and established that ...
Source: MXfruit
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