The United States has banned the import of fresh capsicum Due to the detection of the Mediterranean fruit fly from Spain for consumption, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the North American country’s Department of Agriculture has reported.
In a communication issued on 29 December, Efes indicated that it had taken this measure in response to Medfly’s “multiple identities” in commercial shipments of fresh chilies from Spain during inspection by the Customs Service.
Mediterranean fly represents a unacceptable risk to the United States because of its wide host range and ability to reproduce rapidly,” Aphis notes in its communication.
The ban will remain in place until an EFIs investigation determines that commercial imports of fresh bell peppers from Spain pose no threat to US agriculture.
Aphis also states that other species of pepper that are currently allowed to enter the United States from Spain are not affected by the order.
The United States is the world’s largest importer of fresh fruits and vegetables.More than 20 million tons in 2020 and amounting to 26,000 million dollars (about 24,500 million euros), according to data from the Association of Producers and Exporters of Fruit and Vegetables of the Region of Murcia (Proexport).
In 2021 Spain exported 32,993 tons of fruits and vegetables to the United States and for 10 years it remained below 60,000 tons according to the same source.