California Battles Fruit Fly Detections & Treatment

This year, an unprecedentedly high amount of fruit fly detections has triggered active fruit fly quarantines throughout California. Current California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) estimates suggest detections are up 100 times of the current annual average by 7 species, some of which have been introduced into North America for the first time ever.

These detections have triggered various quarantine boundaries and pest regulations for various agricultural hosts affecting consumers and growers in the following counties: Kern, Contra Costa, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, Santa Clara, San Bernardino and Ventura Counties. As of December 4, 2023, these quarantines hold at least 5,000 acres of citrus.  While these detections have very stringent guidelines to juice on site for those located in the core as well as various pre and post-harvest treatments for those in the quarantine zone—CCM is exploring potential industry, legislative and budgetary solutions at the State and Federal levels.

 

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