On December 20, 2016, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) published a final rule that will allow for the importation of fresh lemons from Argentina. In response, Tom Nassif sent a letter to President-elect Trump’s USDA transition team requesting that the incoming Administration suspend the rule, pending review of the flawed underlying science behind the decision.
“By moving forward with this proposal APHIS is placing our industry in a potentially precarious economic situation, as APHIS has failed to demonstrate to the industry that it has adhered to its commitment to safeguard the California and Arizona agricultural industry,” stated Nassif in the letter.
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