FRESH apricots from Spain are now allowed into the US following changes to the fruit and vegetables regulations.

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) says that as a condition of entry, apricots from continental Spain will have to be produced in accordance with a systems approach that includes registration of production locations and packing houses, pest monitoring, sanitary practices, chemical and biological controls and phytosanitary treatment.

Consignments will have to be accompanied by a certificate issued by the national plant protection organisation of Spain certifying that the fruit is free from all quarantine pests and has been produced in accordance with the systems approach.