The California fruit industry was left stunned yesterday, following an abrupt announcement from Chinese authorities that the country would no longer accept citrus imports from the U.S. state after April 18. California Citrus Mutual president Joel Nelsen said China reported six interceptions earlier in the year for Phytophthora syringae or brown rot, but no clear warning had been sent leading up to the announcement…Full-text article: FreshFruitPortal Apr 2013

Key point

  • In February 2013, Chinese authorities notified the USA that it detected brown rot in six containers out of 250, but did not provide any follow-up announcement until mid-April

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