The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is advising the public of a revision to the code of federal regulations (7 CFR Part 301 Subpart M – Citrus Canker) to designate the State of Alabama as a commercial citrus-producing area by updating the list in 7 CFR 301.75-5.

The State of Alabama has stated that it has commercial citrus production in the State. This action will update the regulations to provide Alabama with federal protections from citrus pests and diseases, which are afforded to all commercial citrus-producing areas.

Additionally, APHIS is updating the scientific name used in the regulations for citrus canker. Citrus canker is a citrus disease caused by the bacterium Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri. The updated regulations will use the most current scientific name.

For more information:
www.aphis.usda.gov