As reported in Spotlight on March 9, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) temporarily postponed enforcement of a new regulation requiring the tarping of citrus that is being transported in open trucks to prevent the potential spread of the Asian citrus psyllid.
Enforcement was delayed to provide the citrus industry with additional time to comply with the new rule.
Enforcement of this regulation will now become effective on April 3, 2017. According to the announcement, all bulk citrus loads must be safeguarded if moving from or within an Asian citrus psyllid quarantine area. Failure to comply with the regulation is subject to a fine of up to $10,000.
For more information, contact Ken Gilliland at (949) 885- 2267.