California Ag Commissioners in Citrus Counties Request 48
Hours Before Citrus Shipping-Starting TODAY
Marilyn Kinoshita, Tulare County Agricultural
Commissioner/Sealer reported TODAY
to citrus handlers:
As you are aware, citrus growers of Tulare
County have experienced several days of freezing weather. Temperatures have
been low enough and of sufficient duration to cause fruit damage.
After consultation with Agricultural
Commissioners in other citrus producing counties, the following has been agreed
We request that packers voluntarily wait 48
hours before shipping fruit harvested on or after December 11, 2013 to allow
our staff an opportunity to make assessments on our fruit.
You may do your own sampling prior to asking
for an official sample by our staff. This additional step may provide you with
options and an opportunity to fully assess the level of freeze damage.
Every effort will be made to accommodate
If fruit is packed and shipped prior to
having an official sample taken at the time of packing, a Notice of Violation
will be issued. Further administrative actions may be taken.
All fruit harvested and packed prior to
December 11, 2013 is not subject to this notice.
Our concern, like yours, is to protect the
industry and integrity of your labels by keeping freeze-damaged fruit out of
wholesale and retail market channels. These steps are considered necessary to
maintain consumer confidence.
Thank you for our cooperation during this
difficult time. Do not hesitate to contact my staff, or me if you have
questions or concerns regarding inspection uniformity at (559) 684-3350.
Labels: California Ag Commissioners in Citrus Counties Rrequest 48 Hours Before Citrus Shipping-Starting TODAY, Citrus Waiting Period to Assess Freeze-Damaged Fruit