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To Our Valued Customers, 

Please note the most recent update posted on the Agriculture web site for Papaya imports to the US.
The Fruits and Vegetables Manual and FAVIR database have been revised. There were several reasons for the revision:
1. Notify users that programs for the importation of papaya from five Central American countries are not operational. Papaya from these countries are prohibited entry into the U.S. until the USDA approves a program that meets the requirements in 7 CFR 319.56-25. Import permits for papaya from these countries will no longer be issued and existing import permits are not valid (except from the Department of Peten in Guatemala.) The five countries that cannot export papaya to the United Sates are:
* Costa Rica
* El Salvador
* Guatemala (excluding the Department of Peten)
* Honduras
* Nicaragua
2. Remove a papaya orchard, San Fernando in the municipality of Tapachula, from the list of approved orchards for papaya from Chiapas, Mexico   

FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act Reminder): All Foreign Facilities must validate their FDA Registrations by December 2012 and re-validate or register bi-yearly by December of each even numbered year. Any facility who fails to do so will have their registration terminated due to non-compliance.

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