It is being reported by members and CDFA that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) has stepped up its border inspections to detect for the presence of live, actionable pests of both domestic and foreign fresh produce commodities entering the state. The inspections have delayed delivery of some shipments while other shipments have been refused entry.
For this reason, it is recommended that grower/shippers should apply strict quality control during harvesting and at the cooler, especially for product destined or potentially destined for Florida. Shipments intercepted with quarantined pests at the border will be refused and the shipper may have to develop a compliance plan, subject to approval by FDACS, before it can resume shipments of host commodities.
Please contact Ken Gilliland, 949-885-2267, Tom Oliveri, 949-885-2269, or Matt McInerney 949-885-2263 for questions or if you encounter an issue.
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