Invasive fruit fly quarantine areas expand in parts of California, US

United States
Regulation & Compliances
Sustainability & Environmental Impact
Published Dec 8, 2023

Tridge summary

APHIS and CDFA expanded quarantine areas for Mediterranean fruit fly, Zeugodacus tau fruit fly, and Queensland fruit fly in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties in response to confirmed fly detections. These expansions are due to additional fly detections in residential areas, with no commercial agriculture in the quarantine zones. APHIS is implementing safeguarding measures to prevent the spread of these fruit flies and will publish a notice of the quarantine expansions in the Federal Register.
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Original content

Last month, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) expanded a Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata; Medfly) quarantine and a Zeugodacus tau fruit fly quarantine in Los Angeles County. Furthermore, on November 21, APHIS and CDFA expanded a Queensland fruit fly (Bactrocera tryoni; QFF) quarantine in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. The expansion of the Medfly quarantine is in response to the confirmed detection of an unmated female Medfly by CDFA on Nov. 8, from a trap in an avocado tree in a residential area. As a result of this detection, the Leimert Park area quarantine increased by 8 square miles to 98 square miles. APHIS and CDFA established the original Medfly quarantine on Oct. 18 following the confirmed detection of two flies in the Leimert Park area on Sept. 27, and expanded the quarantine on Nov. 1 and Nov. 7 following detections of additional flies. There is no commercial agriculture ...
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