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Re: Fw: USDA regulation (seed phytos)

  • Subject: Re: Fw: USDA regulation (seed phytos)
  • From: "Marge Talt" <mtalt@hort.net>
  • Date: Thu, 1 Aug 2002 09:11:31 -0500 (CDT)

> From: SelbyHort@aol.com
Can they obtain a "blanket" phyto for the entire seed batch or for
all their 
available seeds, or must they obtain phyto for each individual
shipment?
Donna
----------

Donna, Leo is right.  Each shipment, whether it's one packet of 2
seeds or 1000 packages of seeds has to have a phyto.  Seed shippers
who have the contacts in the US are pooling orders for distribution
here; those who don't have such contacts are out of luck.  Phytos are
not free, either, in terms of cash cost and time filling out
paperwork.  

In addition to seed exchange problems and small seed supplier
problems those who are part of our current intrepid group of plant
explorers have problems because some countries are simply not set up
to provide phytos, period.  Therefore, one cannot hunt plants there
and legally ship the seed to the US, which leaves us all the poorer
in potential new introductions for our gardens.

As has been observed on other lists, this regulation simply invites
law breaking to get around it.  Unfortunately, the penalties if
caught are high.

Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
mtalt@hort.net
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