California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary A.G. Kawamura is applauding progress made by the USDA in ongoing discussions with Mexico about quarantine regulations for the light brown apple moth. The Mexican government has agreed to amend its regulations to remove a required trapping protocol that the agencies had determined would be impossible to meet.

“I wish to thank our partners at USDA and our friends in Mexico for taking this step,” said Kawamura. “California agricultural producers were genuinely worried that the net effect of the trapping requirement would be a shutdown in Mexico for their crops. Although there are still regulations in place that require compliance, these regulations are viable and will enable our producers to continue to provide high-quality California products to Mexican consumers.”

Additionally, Mexico agreed to remove the counties of Napa and Los Angeles from its list of regulated counties. Light brown apple moth infestations there have been eradicated.

In the summer of 2007, Mexico announced regulations for the light brown apple moth that included a host list of 25 plants and crops. Last week, along with the trapping requirements and other measures, Mexico updated the list to include at least 93 items, including broad plant families that could result in a significant increase to that number as more information is obtained from Mexico. The newly regulated crops include berries, corn, squash, carrots and broccoli.