Effective immediately in Florida, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is adding 12 sections in Collier County, 19 sections in Hendry County, and 6 sections in Lee County to the citrus black spot (CBS) regulated area. This action responds to the confirmation of CBS during surveys conducted by APHIS and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry (DPI). These new sections are near areas that have previously been found positive for CBS. Although no positive CBS detections were made in Lee County, portions of Lee County are included in the quarantine because the areas are located in the buffer zone around positives detected in the other counties.
Regulated articles from the expanded regulated area are subject to all interstate movement conditions outlined in a Federal Order that was issued on March 16, 2012. The requirements of the Federal Order are parallel to DPI’s state-interior quarantine. Per the guidelines in the March 16, 2012, CBS Federal Order, APHIS will update its website with the date and description of the changes to the CBS regulated areas. APHIS will also publish a notice in the Federal Register.
Federal Orders issued for CBS, the APHIS-approved packinghouse procedures for Guignardia citricarpa, and a list of CBS regulated areas is on the CBS website:
Under IPPC Standards, Guignardia citricarpa is considered to be a pest that is present, only in some areas, and subject to official control to limit its spread in the United States.