WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The USDA and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative today announced that the United States and India have resolved long-standing issues regarding potential pests and diseases and agreed on a framework outlining fundamental requirements for bilateral trade of commodities treated by irradiation.

This provides a road map for importation of mangoes into the United States.

The Agreement, signed by the USDA and the Indian Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, sets in motion bilateral procedures that should permit mangoes to be sold in U.S. markets in as few as 18 months. This effectively resolves a 17-year trade issue between the two countries.

SOURCE: USDA news release.