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U.S. Allowing Indian Mango Imports

WASHINGTON - Mar 2/06 - SNS -- The United States will not allow mangoes to be imported from India now that "long-standing issues regarding potential pests and diseases" have been resolved.

The accord between the USDA and India also contains a framework outlining fundamental requirements for bilateral trade of commodities treated by irradiation. This provides a road map for importation of mangoes into the United States.

"The Agreement, signed by the USDA and the Indian Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, sets in motion bilateral procedures that should permit mangoes to be sold in U.S. markets in as few as 18 months. This effectively resolves a 17-year trade issue between the two countries," government officials said in a prepared statement.

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