Tuesday, July 20, 2010

USDA Temporarily Bans Importation of Tomatoes & Peppers from Canada Due to Tomato Leaf Miner & False Codling Moth

My first ever real job was as a grocery sacker and then later as a produce clerk. Therefore, I always try to stay on top on the happenings in the produce world. The latest news. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection reportedly states that the USDA has restricted importation from Canada of two of my favorite produce items - tomatoes & peppers.

Canada imports peppers from countries known to have been affected by the so-called false codling moth and tomatoes from countries known to be dealing with the tomato leaf miner. Those pests can cause severe economic damage to American agriculture.

Bringing the tomatoes and peppers across the border in passenger bags and vehicles is prohibited. Sliced tomatoes and peppers entering from Canada may be imported following Customs and Border Protection agriculture inspection.

Source: Watertown Daily News

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