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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
United States Department of Agriculture

USDA Expands Areas in the Philippines Considered Free of Mango Seed Weevil and Mango Pulp Weevil and Establishes a Lower Irradiation Dose as a Treatment for Mango Pulp Weevil

Last Modified: Oct 1, 2014



We are proposing to amend the list of designated pest-free areas for mango seed weevil and mango pulp weevil within the Philippines. 

We are also advising the public that we have determined that it is necessary to amend the Plant Protection and Quarantine Treatment Manual to establish a specific approved dose of irradiation as an authorized treatment for mango pulp weevil. 

 These actions are necessary because surveys have determined that additional areas within the Philippines are free of mango seed weevil and mango pulp weevil. 

 Additionally, we have determined that the mango pulp weevil can be neutralized with a lower dose of irradia…


Even before Russia announced its one-year ban on food imports from the US, EU, Canada, Australia, and Norway on August 7, it was lining up alternative sources for meat, poultry, fish, fruits and vegetables. Latin America, in particular, looked likely to gain export trade.

Now, as the Datamyne blog reports, our Argentine trade data shows the growth in this trade already well under way for the month of August. Comparing the data for August 2014 with August 2013, the value of Argentine exports to Russia overall increased 37% – while the value of food exports surged 51%.

The data shows exports of boneless, frozen beef (HS020230) up 438% last month compared to August 2013. Chicken cuts (HS020714) increased 127%.

Interestingly, the trade data for July, which shows just under a 4% increase in Argentine exports to Russia overall compared to July of the previous year, clocks a 543% increase in boneless, frozen beef.

Argentina is not the only Russian trading partner stepping up exports. Datamyne’s …


ClassNK Completes Forensic Study of MOL Comfort Structural FailureBY  ON SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 MOL Comfort suffers a crack amidships while underway in the Indian Ocean, June 17, 2013. With known weather and sea conditions at the time of the breakup, finite element modeling conducted by Japanese classification society ClassNK showed that the MOL Comfort’s hull should have had no problem handling the stress.  Nevertheless, the 8,000 TEU-class MOL Comfort suffered a hull girder fracture amidships on June 17, 2013, eventually split into two sections, and slowly drifted apart in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Four days later the stern and hundreds (if not thousands) of containers sank in waters 4,000 meters deep. Nearly three weeks later, the fore section of the ship caught fire in a blaze of glory and sank, finally putting an end to the MOL Comfort saga. The loss of t

Serfor: Perú ha perdido más de 7 millones de hectáreas de bosques por deforestación

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Martes, 30 Septiembre 2014 14:02

( El Perú ha alcanzado una cifra histórica de entre 7 a 10 millones de hectáreas (ha) de bosques perdidos a causa de la deforestación generada, principalmente, por la tala y la minería ilegal, reveló el Servicio Nacional Forestal y de Fauna Silvestre (Serfor) del Ministerio de Agricultura y Riego (Minagri).

Fabiola Muñoz, directora ejecutiva del Serfor, precisó que actualmente el Perú tiene una tasa de deforestación anual de bosques de alrededor de 110,000 hectáreas.

Informó que el territorio peruano posee un total de 70 millones de hectáreas de todo tipo de bosques, distribuidos en la Amazonía, los andes y los bosques secos de la costa.

Frente a ello, Muñoz dijo que el reglamento de la Ley Forestal y de Fauna Silvestre, que estaría probado a fines de diciembre próximo, sentaría las bases para revertir esa depredación, estableciendo reglas claras para el manejo so…