The U.S. Department of Agriculture has given the green light for fresh fig imports from Chile.
A USDA pest risk assessment found that Chilean figs could be imported safety with the application of one or more phytosanitary measures, according to the April 4 Federal Register.
The ruling went into effect April 4.
Chilean figs were on schedule to be approved for U.S. imports in 2010. During the public comment period, however, one commenter raised a concern that fumigation was not an adequate method of killing insect eggs.
As a result, the USDA delayed its decision to study the issue further. After a more thorough examination, the agency decided that its recommended methods of treating figs were sufficient.