The government of Chile has asked USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to authorize the importation of hydrangea (Hydrangae macrophylla) cuttings for planting from Chile into the United States. APHIS has drafted a pest risk assessment that describes potential pests associated with the commodity.
APHIS shares draft pest risk assessments with the public to determine whether stakeholders have information that might lead them to revise the draft assessment before they identify pest mitigations and proceed with official rulemaking. This service allows stakeholders to review and provide comments on draft risk assessments or pest lists for fruits, vegetables, plants, or plant products for a 30-day period. As draft risk assessments and pest lists are made available for comment, they will be posted on this page with the date by which comments are due.
The draft pest risk assessment for Hydrangea cuttings for planting from Chile will be available for review and comment until August 23, 2021. To view the assessment or submit comments, visit https://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant-health/risk-assessment-consultation.