Several Louisiana parishes added to the Domestic Citrus Canker (Xanthomonas spp.) Quarantine Area

Effective immediately, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is expanding the area quarantined for citrus canker in Louisiana.

APHIS established a quarantine on February 10, 2014, (DA-2014-08) following the positive identification of Xanthomonas spp., the bacterial causal agent of citrus canker, from a sweet orange tree located in New Orleans, Louisiana. APHIS further updated this quarantine on June 2, 2016 (DA-2016-35), to add portions of several parishes.

The attached Federal Order adds the entire parishes of Jefferson, Lafourche, Plaquemines, St. Charles, St. James, and St. John to the citrus canker (Xanthomonas spp.) quarantine in Louisiana. Louisiana has established an intrastate quarantine area for citrus canker that parallels the federal citrus canker regulatory requirements specified in 7 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 301.75.

Under the current citrus canker quarantine regulations, the interstate movement of citrus plants and plant parts, other than commercially packed and disinfected citrus fruit, remains prohibited with the following exception: citrus nursery stock that is moved in accordance with regulations contained in 7 CFR 301.76 may move from areas quarantined for citrus canker.

For additional information regarding the citrus canker program, you may call Citrus Disease National Policy Manager Angela McMellen Brannigan at 301-851-2314.

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