U.S. lifts ban on D.R. fruits, vegetables

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – The United States has lifted a ban on the entry of fruits and vegetables from seven provinces in the Dominican Republic.

In a recent statement, the Agriculture Ministry revealed that the ban on produce from the east region provinces was lifted on Dec. 1.

The measure completely opens the region’s fruit and vegetable exports, and that of the entire country, into the U.S. market.

“With the provision recognizing the declaration of the Dominican authorities and the Ministry of Agriculture, that the country is free of the Mediterranean fly, whose outbreak was detected in the town of Punta Cana, La Altagracia province and reported in 2015,” the Agriculture Ministry noted.

In 2016, the U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service lifted the ban in Santo Domingo and the National District.