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December 15th, 2006back

Passengers Traveling with Fresh Fruit Requirements

Passengers transporting fresh fruits need to read the information below. Be sure your fruit package has the seal from USDA with stamp TX-117, otherwise it will not be accepted for transportation.

In an effort to contain the Mexican Fruit Fly within the infested areas of Texas, a quarantine was initiated to regulate all movement of the host fruit. Movement of host fruit is prohibited into or through all 50 states. Only fruit certified by USDA-APHIS-PPQ, in accordance with Mexican Fruit Fly Quarantine Regulation, may be allowed movement. Violations of the Mexican Fruit Fly Quarantine could result in penalties being assessed. A package containing the host fruit from an approved shipping establishment is eligible for unrestricted movement when certified with a numbered stamp, TX-117. For more information contact the local USDA office in Harlingen at 956-421-4041.

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