The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service has reviewed a request by the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
to allow fresh gracina (achachairú) fruit to be shipped to the continental United States for consumption.
The APHIS Center for Plant Health Science and Technology said it has completed an analysis of any potential pest risks and has posted a draft document for interested parties to review and comment within 30 days.
It said it identified one potential pest, the Ceroplastes rubens
Maskell, has having medium risk of being introduced to the United States through trade.
Puerto Rican exporters estimate they would ship 6,000 pounds of gracina per year by 2020, which less than the volume of one ocean container.
Comments can be submitted to PRQPRAcomments@aphis.usda.gov