USDA ENDS BAN ON CLEMENTINES

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture will allow the importation of clementines from Spain to resume, though under controlled conditions. New requirements include provisions that the clementines be grown in accordance with a Mediterranean fruit-fly management program established by the government of Spain; that they be subject to an inspection regimen that includes fruit cutting before and

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture will allow the importation of clementines from Spain to resume, though under controlled conditions. New requirements include provisions that the clementines be grown in accordance with a Mediterranean fruit-fly management program established by the government of Spain; that they be subject to an inspection regimen that includes fruit cutting before and after cold treatment; and that the fruit meet other conditions designed to protect against the introduction of the Mediterranean fruit fly. USDA banned clementines from Spain last December after live fly larvae were found in several shipments already in the United States.