China has suspended all citrus imports from California’s Tulare County with effect from 17 February, citing interceptions of Phytophthora syringae, commonly known as brown rot, according to California Citrus Mutual. China’s Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) said that it would not allow citrus shipments from Tulare County that leave ports on or after 18 February. The suspension does not affect fruit sourced from regions outside Tulare County…Full Article: Feb 2015

Key Point

  • South Korea has also reported interceptions of California Red Scale (CRS, an insect pest) and Fuller Rose Beetle (FRB) in Californian citrus.

ChinaAg Comments

  • Californian citrus exporters primarily ship cartons of navel oranges, lemons and Valencia oranges to China.
  • In August 2014, China lifts its ban on Californian citrus.
  • In April 2013, Chinese authorities abruptly banned Californian citrus imports over the detection of Phytophthora syringae or brown rot in shipments.
  • 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 2013.

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