Department of Agriculture Looking to Loosen Restrictions of Hawaii Agriculture Products to Mainland

The State of Hawaii has requested the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), to allow the interstate movement of mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana), dragon fruit (species of Hylocereus and Selenicereus), melon (Cucumis melo), pods of cowpea (Vigna unguiculata) and its relatives, breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis), jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus), and fresh Moringa pods (Moringa oleifera) into the continental United States. The current regulation titled Hawaiian Fruits, Vegetables and Flowers (7 CFR 318.13) prohibits or restricts the movement of fruits, vegetables, and flowers into the continental United States from Hawaii in order to prevent the introduction and dissemination of plant pests that are new to or not widely distributed within the continental United States.

To permit, under certain conditions, the movement of commercial shipments of mangosteen, dragon fruit, melon, pods of cowpea and its relatives, breadfruit, jackfruit, and fresh Moringa pods from Hawaii into the continental United States following irradiation treatment…

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