Fresh Citrus Fruit Movement Updates for Oriental Fruit Fly

Recently, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced that they have temporarily modified regulations for the movement of fresh citrus fruit from the non-core areas of the Oriental fruit fly (OFF) quarantine in San Bernardino and Riverside counties for the duration of the 2024 harvest season.

This new treatment approach establishes that fresh citrus fruit from non-core areas may enter domestic commerce outside of the quarantine using an alternative fumigation and subsequent cold treatment method. Please note that this method is not applicable for fruit grown within the core, which is comprised of a 0.5-mile radius surrounding the detection of an adult fruit fly or larvae.

This modified approach applies only to the San Bernardino and Riverside OFF quarantine for the 2024 harvest season.

To review the new post-harvest treatment approach for the interstate movement of fresh citrus fruit from the non-core areas of the San Bernardino and Riverside OFF quarantine, including grower requirements, grove requirements, and monitoring, treatment and inspection requirements, please visit the APHIS website.

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