Friday, July 23, 2010

Ban on Canadian Peppers and Tomatoes

(WNWO Newsdesk)

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced that all whole tomatoes and peppers imported from Canada are prohibited in personal luggage until further notice.

As of June 21, the CBP and the U.S. Department of Agriculture initiated this ban due to the fact that Canada imports peppers from countries known to have been affected by the False Codling Moth. Canada also imports tomatoes from countries known to have been affected by the tomato leafminer. Both insects have the potential to cause significant economic damage to the American agricultural system.

Tomatoes and peppers that have been sliced may be allowed from Canada if they have been inspected by the CBP. Whole peppers and tomatoes grown in America may be imported after CPB inspection. Some proof of the country of origin must be placed on the container for importing.

Commercial shipments will be required to have a certificate which names of the country of origin and the greenhouse the plants were grown in before being allowed in the country.