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APHIS updates Quarantine Areas

Effective immediately, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), in cooperation with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Plant Industry (FDACS DPI), is adding four sections in Collier County and five sections in Glades County to the citrus black spot (CBS) quarantine area in Florida. APHIS is taking this action because of confirmed detections of P. citricarpa (formerly known as Guignardia citricarpa), the causal agent of CBS, during annual surveys conducted during the 2021 growing season by APHIS and FDACS DPI. APHIS is applying safeguarding measures and restrictions on the interstate movement, or entry into foreign trade, of regulated articles from the quarantine area as outlined in Federal Order DA-2012-09.

Mexican Fruit Fly Quarantine established in Valley Center, San Diego County, California
On August 19, 2022, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) established a Mexican fruit fly (Anastrepha ludens or Mexfly) quarantine in the Valley Center area of San Diego County, California. APHIS is applying safeguarding measures and restrictions on the interstate movement or entry into foreign trade of regulated articles from this area.

APHIS reduces the MexFly Quarantine Area in Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas
On August 18, 2022, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) released portions of the Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas, Mexican fruit fly (Mexfly) quarantine area after three Mexfly life-cycles elapsed with no additional detections in these areas. As a result of the release of these areas, which totaled 57.46 square miles, the Brownsville Mexfly quarantine area now encompasses 96.28 sq. mi. The amount of commercial citrus in the quarantine area has not changed and remains at 321.9 acres.

Source: aphis.usda.gov


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