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U.S. food officials last week cleared Baja California of any connection to that nasty salmonella bedeviling the tomato industry. But it looks like agriculture officials have now found a bug in Tijuana – the Asian citrus psyllid – that has the potential to harm the California citrus industry.
There’s no sign the bug has crossed the border – yet. And it seems that initial tests are negative for “citrus greening,” which is apparently a good sign.
According to a press release: “APHIS (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture) is working closely with the States of Arizona and California to develop an appropriate response to this situation. APHIS has also alerted the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to enhance its vigilance in inspecting for ACP-infested host plants and commodities.”
Read the press release here. Meanwhile, media are reporting that food officials aren’t sure tomatoes were linked to the salmonella outbreak after all.