2016/17 was another successful year for Australian mangoes in the United States of America (U.S.), marked by additional growers and retailers, and a high level of compliance with the strict provisions of the Operational Work Plan.
Four varieties of Australian mangoes were exported to the U.S. in 2016/17; Kensington Pride, R2E2, Calypso® and Honey Gold, and all generated interest at retail.
The U.S. program was steered (as in previous years) by a working group, consisting of all exporters, who discussed and addressed matters of common concern such as packaging, logistics, compliance and food safety. Exporters also funded the U.S. Department of Agriculture audit visits.
Growers and exporters were supported by a guide book, prepared by AMIA, Steritech and Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Resources (NTDPIR), which details the steps required by growers and packers to comply with the Operational Work Plan, including, registration, packaging and labelling. It was pleasing to see that most growers and packers had clearly read and used the guide and had no issues at the pre-export phytosanitary inspection.
Article submitted by Michael Daysh, NTDPIR.
Acknowledgements: Monitoring of Australian mangoes in the U.S. was funded by Hort Innovation project MG16003 and supported by NTDPIR.