Ban on Wash­ing­ton state ap­ples may be lifted

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

Chi­nese agri­cul­tural of­fi­cials are close to al­low­ing Wash­ing­ton state’s Red and Golden De­li­cious ap­ples back into China next month af­ter a two-year ban. It is un­clear if that will also open up the US im­port of ap­ples from China, which pro­duces half the world’s ap­ples.

US and Chi­nese health in­spec­tors “are work­ing closely to­wards nor­mal­iz­ing trade in ap­ples”, Work­abeba Yigzaw, a spokesman for the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture (USDA), said.

The ban was im­posed af­ter a ship­ment to China in early 2012 was de­clared to be car­ry­ing “posthar­vest dis­eases”.

USDA’s An­i­mal and Plant Health In­spec­tion Ser­vice (APHIS) also drew up a pest list for Chi­nese im­ports, which sig­nals that the US gov­ern­ment is mov­ing to­ward open­ing up the mar­ket for Chi­nese ap­ples, ac­cord­ing to the US Ap­ple As­so­ci­a­tion.

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