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U.S. suspends shipments of Peruvian pomegranate arils

Shipments of pomegranate arils to the United States from Peru were suspended, effective June 11, following the discovery of Medfly larvae in two commercial shipments at the Los Angeles International Airport last month.

According to a release by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service, the Medfly poses a serious threat to U.S. agriculture, as there are a minimum of 636 host species of fruits and vegetables, and the pest would be able to establish populations in the southern regions of the United States.

The suspension applies to all importation of pomegranate arils from Peru pending an investigation and appropriate remedial measures. The prohibition does not affect the commercial importation of whole pomegranate fruit from Peru, which can still be shipped to the United States with current treatment protocols.