Moroccan region can again ship citrus to U.S.

After a year-long ban, Morocco citrus exporters can once again ship fruit from the country’s Berkane region to the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the change Jan. 12, officially lifting the Federal Order banning the fruit. In October, the agency’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service October visited packinghouses, groves and supply chain points in the Berkane region, according to a USDA news release.

The USDA has added safeguards to an “operation work plan” for tangerines, clementines, mandarins and sweet orange fruit from the region before they’re exported to the U.S.

Those measures include orchard surveys and pre-cooling/temperature standards at packinghouses and ports.

The USDA enacted the ban in December 2016, after live Mediterranean fruit fly larvae were found in a shipment of Moroccan citrus at a Philadelphia port of entry, according to APHIS.

 

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