(UPDATED COVERAGE, July 22) The U.S. has banned individuals from bringing whole tomatoes and peppers into the country from Canada, but the ban has no effect on commercial shipments.
Effective June 21, people traveling from Canada to the U.S. may only carry whole tomatoes or peppers in their baggage if they have documentation stating they were grown in Canada, said Alyn Kiel, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Agricultureâs Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
Canada imports peppers from countries known to have shipped peppers with false coddling moths in them and tomatoes from countries known to have the Tuta abso-luta pest.
In October 2009, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced that commercial-scale fresh peppers could only be shipped from Canada to the U.S. if they had documentation stating they were not grown in the Netherlands, which has tested positive for coddling moth.
That decision came a week after the USDA banned imports of Dutch greenhouse peppers.