Egypt can now export oranges and tangerines to the U.S. under a rule approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
Those exports were suspended in 2002 due to an infestation of peach fruit fly in Egyptian citrus. The suspension was ended Aug. 16.
A new cold treatment schedule is sufficient to neutralize the peach fruit fly and the Mediterranean fruit fly, according to the USDA. Both pests affect the region.
The oranges and tangerines must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by Egyptian authorities.