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Business Briefing / Agriculture

State tries to slow spread of pest

September 03, 2009|Times Wire Reports

The state has placed a plant-movement quarantine on Los Angeles County to slow the spread of an invasive pest that can carry a deadly citrus bacteria.

California's Department of Food and Agriculture announced the quarantine one week after discovering several dozen Asian citrus psyllids in Los Angeles. All citrus must now be commercially washed and packed before leaving the county.

Psyllids are a carrier of huanlongbing, a deadly bacteria that has devastated citrus industries across China, Brazil and Florida.

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