Bulk citrus shipments allowed from HLB infected zones
US: New state rules allow citrus shipments from quarantine zones

California regulators will now allow bulk citrus grown in Huanglongbing quarantine areas to be shipped for final packing outside of that original zone. To do this, all growers, packers and transporters must operate under a signed compliance agreement with the Asian citrus psyllid/HLB program.

Growers in an HLB quarantine who send fruit for packing outside the original quarantine must meet the following requirements:

Fruit must be processed through a wet wash, which includes thoroughly wetting the fruit by spraying, dunking and drenching with water, and then brushing and cleaning.

According to an article on westernfarmpress.com, if this is not done, both of the following must be completed before fruit can be moved:
Packers and processors outside an HLB quarantine that receive citrus grown within a quarantine zone “shall give priority” to such shipments for receiving, unloading and cleaning.

The pest exclusion advisory related to these restrictions is available online.

Publication date: 3/1/2018

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