Officials remove Medfly quarantine in California County

07:59AM Jul 15, 2020
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( Courtesy California Department of Food and Agriculture )

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has removed a Mediterranean fruit fly quarantine in San Bernardino County, Calif.

The department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and California Department of Food and Agriculture removed the quarantine, in Devore, Calif., effective June 27. It was enacted Oct. 15 after the state agriculture department confirmed detection of two adult Medflies on Oct. 8, according to a USDA news release.

The CDFA found eight adult Medflies and 71 larvae between Oct. 2-25.

APHIS, CDFA and the San Bernardino County Agriculture Commissioner’s Office cooperated on eradication efforts through “various control actions per program protocols,” according to the release. Officials removed the quarantine after three Medfly life cycles with no detections.

The quarantine restricted interstate movement of regulated items from the area, according to the release.

The pest has a wide range of hosts, with more than 250 cultivated and wild fruits, according to the CDFA, including citrus, stone fruit and tropical fruit.

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