Source: The Packer

Even as the California Department of Food and Agriculture claimed victory over an infestation of Mediterranean fruit flies in San Diego County, the agency was forced to expand one quarantine zone and establish yet another.

The end of the more than year long quarantine in the Fallbrook and Escondido areas brings to a halt the requirement that avocado grower-shippers make regular applications of pesticides in their groves.

In the northern reaches of the San Joaquin Valley, the department expanded the quarantine for the European grapevine moth Aug. 19 after moths were found in traps in the Lodi area north of Stockton.

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