June 30, 2007

Mangosteens On The Way

Welcome at the Border: Thai Fruits, Once Banned

Fresh mangosteens and mangoes from Thailand will soon be available in the United States, the Agriculture Department has decided. Those fruits as well as fresh pineapples, rambutans, litchis and longans had been barred as imports from Thailand because they could harbor harmful insects, but will be allowed in when irradiated at low doses to kill or sterilize the pests.

The new rule, published by the department last Wednesday, is effective July 23. But it will take longer for department inspectors to approve the irradiation and packing facilities and procedures. The first fruit should arrive around September, said Rapibhat Chandarasrivongs, the agricultural minister-counselor at the Thai Embassy in Washington.

I could have sworn I read this article earlier this year. In any event, I can't wait to finally get a taste!

[ sorry, can't remember what blog peeped me to this article ]

Posted by ronn at June 30, 2007 06:59 AM

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