U.S. Department of Agriculture restricts the entry of plants and sowing of plants seeds, to prevent the introduction of plant pests into the United States, under the Plant Protection Act.
According to the PPA, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, APHIS, regulates the importation of certain fruits and vegetables with their stems. However, tomatoes with stems from the Republic of Korea was authorized for importation, and the final ruling that approves it was published on a federal notice on October 12, 2011.
For the continuous exportation of tomatoes with stems from the Republic of Korea, APHIS will collect information as follows: Registered pest-exclusionary structure, records of trap placement, trapping for Bactrocera depressa, Trapping Mitigations and phytosanitary certificates with an additional declaration specifying that the tomatoes were produced in accordance with the regulations.
On July 27, 2017, the Department of Agriculture has submitted the Office of Management and Budget, OMB, an application for OMB to extend 3 more years of APHIS’s information collection. PPA will not extend the activity of information collection without OMB’s authorization, and OMB is currently receiving public comments regarding the extension.