The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) issued a Pest Detection Advisory Notice (No. PD05-2015) on April 27, 2015, indicating a psyllid was trapped in Hollister, California (San Benito County), on March 3, 2015.
California has expanded the quarantine zone in Madera County to protect against the spread of the Asian citrus psyllid after an insect was found east of Madera, in the Bonadelle Ranchos-Madera Ranchos area.
Western Growers (WG) continues to support the ongoing improvement, enhancement and strengthening of food safety in the production of leafy greens. WG has established a yearly review process to review and update the food safety guidance documents (LGMA metrics) utilized by the Leafy Green Marketing Agreements (LGMAs) in California and Arizona.
On March 6, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announced it was expanding the Asian Citrus Psyllid quarantine area in Fresno County due to two additional detections of the invasive species in Tulare County. The detections were made along the southern border where Tulare borders Fresno County in unincorporated areas near the city of Orange Cove.
On February 11, 2015, the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Plant Health and Pest Prevention Services office issued an advisory to all county agriculture commissioners (CACs) for Huanglongbing (HLB) infected citrus.
In 2013, China closed the market for California citrus due to phytophthora syringae (brown rot). The market reopened, however, in July 2014 after a work plan was developed following negotiations between the U.S. and China.