Re: Aquatic Plants on the WWW

>Aquatic Plants Digest        Monday, 1 July 1996        Volume 02 : Number 049
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>	Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V2 #48
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>From: "Dave Gomberg" <gomberg at wcf_com>
>Date: Sun, 30 Jun 96 17:44:43 -0700
>Subject: Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V2 #48
>>My source (which isn't
>>Tropica) has him denouncing the quality/health of Tropica's plants which
>>resulted in the product of both companies being banned by the Department.
>Tell your source he got it wrong.  USDA bans ALL plants whose roots
>they cannot inspect.  Tropica plants can be brought in today if you
>remove the fiberglass so they can be inspected for pests.   There is
>only one importer allowed to ship in plants in medium, and he has a
>USDA inspection TEAM on site at his expense to monitor the health of
>his operation.   Dave 

I don't doubt that the above is true. As you point out there is at
least one exception. At the time Tropica was on the verge of being
allowed to ship their stuff in, presumably with some conditions. They
may or may not have been using the fiberglass at the time. This occurred
15 to 20 years ago. I'd be interested to know when this USDA regulation
came into force and if it has always been enforced so stringently.
My source was hoping to wholesale for Tropica here in Canada then. His
source was at the highest level. I'll check with him again. We could
ask Windelov I guess.

Dave Whittaker                       ac554 at FreeNet_Carleton.CA
Gloucester, Ontario                  dwhitt at magmacom_com