HLB Quarantines Established in Alabama

Tacy Callies HLB Management, Regulation

Alabama joins the list of several other areas in the United States already under quarantine for HLB.

Effective immediately, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), in cooperation with the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI), is establishing new quarantines for huanglongbing (HLB; citrus greening disease). The new quarantines are effective in all areas of Baldwin and Mobile counties in Alabama.

APHIS is taking this action because of HLB detections in plant tissue samples collected in multiple locations in Alabama.

Areas already under quarantine for HLB include portions of California, Louisiana, Texas and South Carolina, as well as all of Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Specific information on HLB and Asian citrus psyllid quarantine areas can be found here.

APHIS is applying safeguarding measures on the interstate movement of regulated articles from the quarantined counties in Alabama. These measures parallel the intrastate quarantine that ADAI established on June 2, 2020. This action is necessary to prevent the spread of HLB to non-infested areas of the United States.

APHIS will publish a notice of this change in the Federal Register. For additional information, contact Shailaja Rabindran, director of specialty crops and cotton pests, at 301-851-2167.

Source: APHIS

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