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USA Flag Recall of Japanese Millet from Australia
Date posted: 08/13/2004
Contact: Not available
The USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Plant Protection and Quarantine has found that Japanese millet Echinochloa sp. was imported from Australia by Pennington Seed, Inc, Madison, Georgia. Japanese millet, Echinochloa sp. is a close relative of corn, and entry into the United States is prohibited.

Millets, close relatives of corn, are regulated to prevent the entry of exotic plant diseases including Peronospora maydis, Sclerospora sacchari, as well as other downy mildews; and Physoderma zeae-maydis and P. maydis.

Review of import documents has revealed that two containers were held and released in April 2004. One container in July was released without inspection. The seeds from the three containers were distributed in 13 states: Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Virginia.

Shipments were manifested as foodstuffs with a tariff code for seeds for sowing. Each container contains about 750, 50-pound bags of seeds. All shipments were accompanied by Australian phytosanitary certificates.

It was reported that some seeds were planted in South Carolina, perhaps in other States as well.

A recall procedure is in progress.