The USDA has just published a final rule in the Federal Registrar that amends the regulations regarding the importation of wheat and related articles by removing the prohibitions related to flag smut. Based on a number of considerations, the USDA has concluded that U.S. wheat will not be at risk if those prohibitions are removed. However, the USDA will continue to prohibit the importation of wheat and related articles from flag smut-affected countries until a risk evaluation can be completed to ensure that those articles do not introduce other plant pests. This action removes flag smut-related prohibitions that no longer appear to be necessary while continuing to provide protection against other potential pests or diseases of wheat. Effective Date of Rule: December 28, 2005.
Description taken directly from the Federal Registrar: November 28, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 227)
Rules and Regulations, Page 71211-71212
From the Federal Register On-line via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]