Melinda Mochel, senior environmental scientist with CDFA, spelled out the regulations put in place in the restricted zones in Tulare County. She said bulk citrus with leaves and stems attached cannot be moved out of the restricted area.

One step in harvest may involve use of field cleaning machines, something that is done is Southern California’s quarantine zones where equipment and personnel are brought into the grove to run fruit across belts and to use systems of brushes and rollers to make sure the citrus is free of leaves and stems.

There is no restriction on movement of bulk fruit within restricted areas, and commercially cleaned, graded and packed fruit or field-cleaned fruit can leave those areas. A “field cleaning verification form” would be required.

Mochel said growers in the restricted areas should be sure harvesting and transport equipment is kept clear of all stem and leaf debris.

Information on CDFA efforts is available at http://cdfa.ca.gov/plant/acp/.