Clarification on Field Cleaning Requirements for Movement of Bulk Citrus | Citrus Insider

Clarification on Field Cleaning Requirements for Movement of Bulk Citrus

Regulatory Statewide

To clarify the approved mitigation measures for bulk citrus fruit movement, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has updated the Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP)-Free Declaration form. The current options that allow growers to meet the ACP-free standard when shipping fruit to a different ACP regional quarantine zone are the “spray and harvest,” “field cleaning with machine” and “wet wash” methods. Field cleaning must be done by machine, not by hand.

Effective immediately, any grower who wishes to utilize a mitigation measure other than the three listed above must be granted approval prior to harvest. Growers are required to submit an ACP-Free Declaration form to the originating county agricultural commissioner’s (CAC) office describing all the steps in detail for the proposed mitigation method. The originating CAC will then notify CDFA regarding the grower’s proposed mitigation method to get CDFA’s approval that the ACP-free performance standard will be met.

Important Documents:

For questions regarding this notification, please contact Keith Okasaki at keith.okasaki@cdfa.ca.gov or at (916) 654-0312.


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