The U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has approved the initial part of a study on large Peruvian mangoes to see if they can be rendered safe for import.
Peruvian Mango Exporters Association (APEM) general manager Juan Carlos Rivera told www.freshfruitportal.com he was very positive the mangoes weighing between 650-900 grams (22.9-31.7 ounces) would meet U.S. trade requirements.
“[The study shows] conclusively that the hydrothermal hot water treatment is effective in eliminating 99.99% of the fruit fly larvae risk,” Rivera said.
“Now what APHIS is going to do is consult the public regarding this issue. A public consulation for this would last around 60 days. If there were no comments, then APHIS could incorporate permission into the regular Peruvian mango trade framework.
According to Rivera, the APEM and Peru’s National Agriculture Health Service (SENASA) have been conducting tests over roughly five years to show immersion in hot water for mangoes bet…