Ban on Washington state apples may be lifted
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.