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Kenya seeks access to U.S. market for fresh oregano and parsley


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Kenya seeks access to U.S. market for fresh oregano and parsley


Ms. Serah Nyamvula with herbs she grows on her farm in Bomani, Kilifi County. They include parsley, sweet mint, oregano, and thyme. WACHIRA MWANGI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

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Summary

  • Aphis has drafted a pest risk assessment that describes the potential pests associated with the products before the possible approval process.
  • The agency is making the assessment available to the public for comment before finalizing its draft assessment which identifies pest control measures in the import approval process.
  • The US Department of Agriculture said the draft pest risk assessment for oregano for consumption in Kenya will be available for review and comment until October 13.

Kenya has asked the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (Aphis) to allow the importation of fresh oregano and parsley into the United States from Kenya.

Aphis has drafted a pest risk assessment that describes the potential pests associated with the products before the possible approval process.

The agency is making the assessment available to the public for comment before finalizing its draft assessment which identifies pest control measures in the import approval process.

The US Department of Agriculture said the draft pest risk assessment for oregano for consumption in Kenya will be available for review and comment until October 13.

“Based on the market access request submitted by the government of Kenya, the supply chain was considered to include fresh oregano sprouts shipped by air in cartons,” he said.

Oregano is a plant used to add flavor to dishes and to treat health problems.

Parsley is often used as a garnish, but it can also enhance flavor and benefit human health, according to health experts.

In April this year, the United States allowed the import of previously banned carnations from Kenya without any restrictions, with local flower growers saying it is a welcome boost for the horticultural market.

APHIS said at the time that it would allow the import of carnation cuttings from Kenya without post-entry quarantine requirements as long as they posed no disease or pest threat to the United States.

The CEO of the Fresh Produce Consortium of Kenya at the time, Okisegere Ojepat, called the approval a landmark decision for Kenya, saying it would expand the basket of cut flowers exported to the United States, thereby increasing jobs and income of Kenyans.


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