California rocked by citrus greening incident
Citrus greening disease was spotted in two citrus trees in San Diego County last week, prompting The California Department of Food and Agriculture to establish boundaries of quarantine. The bacterial disease, also known as Huanglongbing, is not harmful to people but is deadly to citrus and could have a devastating impact on the US citrus industry.
California Department of Food and Agriculture officials said the 60-square-mile quarantine area will prohibit people and businesses from moving citrus nursery stock, plant parts and fruit outside the quarantine boundaries, with the exception of commercially cleaned and packed fruit that adhere to specific requirements. The restrictions also prohibit people from moving residential citrus plants and plant parts off the properties on which they are grown.