“We didn’t get the breakthrough we were told we were getting this winter,” said Chris Schlect, president of the Northwest Horticulture Council, at last week’s Washington Apple Commission meeting in Yakima. Chinese plant inspection officials have not allowed Washington apples into their ports for several years due to an alleged risk of a fungal disease…Full Article: Fresh Plaza Mar 2014

Key point

  • A major hurdle is the Chinese demand that 0.1% of apples be disease free, a limit, according to the President of the (U.S.) Apple Commission, which is nearly impossible to meet

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  • In early 2012, China banned imports of Washington apples (80% of U.S. supply) after “postharvest diseases” were detected in a shipment

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