Federal Quarantine Order Issued For Citrus Black Spot

According to Mike Sparks, executive VP/CEO of Florida Citrus Mutual, a quarantine has been established for areas within an eight-mile radius of any citrus black spot (CBS) find. The two-tiered plan establishes quarantine areas (one mile from detection) and regulated areas (an additional seven miles outside of the quarantine area).

Other details from the order include:

  • Fresh fruit shipments must meet certain conditions including packinghouse inspections and compliance agreements, disinfecting process protocols and transport in tarped vehicles. 
  • Fruit from within the quarantine areas is only eligible for movement to non-commercial citrus producing states east of the Mississippi River.
  • Fruit from a regulated area is eligible for movement to states other than commercial citrus producing states.
  • Fresh fruit outside the quarantine and regulated areas may be shipped with no restrictions.

Click here to see the entire federal order from USDA-APHIS.

 Source: Florida Citrus Mutual

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4 comments on “Federal Quarantine Order Issued For Citrus Black Spot

  1. It seems to me that the large growers & shippers are probably behind these restrictions for the most part. How is a small grower (with no packing house) supposed to market his fruit. Why isn’t the restriction limited to certain states? I’ve been told that I can’t send fruit to a friend in Minnisota
    I certainly can’t see how the “citrus groves of Minnesota” would be in danger. Is there no one in the Agriculture Dept. that can apply common sense to the regulations? Who has the influence to make some changes in the regulations and a willingness to listen?

  2. It seems to me that the large growers & shippers are probably behind these restrictions for the most part. How is a small grower (with no packing house) supposed to market his fruit. Why isn’t the restriction limited to certain states? I’ve been told that I can’t send fruit to a friend in Minnisota
    I certainly can’t see how the “citrus groves of Minnesota” would be in danger. Is there no one in the Agriculture Dept. that can apply common sense to the regulations? Who has the influence to make some changes in the regulations and a willingness to listen?

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