California avocados that drop to the ground because of high winds — known as windfall fruit — can no longer be harvested and shipped, according to a new regulation from the California Department of Food and Agriculture. 

The regulation went into effect Nov. 21 in response to federal food safety regulations that don’t permit distribution and sale of fresh produce that falls to the ground before harvest.

Previously, CFDA regulation allowed maturity testing of dropped fruit as much as five days after extreme winds.


 

 
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