The inspections were stepped up because of the Med fly (Meditteranean Fruit Fly) outbreak here in the late 1970's to early '80's. The Med fly causes a lot of crop damage, and the only way to get rid of it once you have it is via use of very heavy-duty chemicals. Also, our economy lost a lot of money due to not being able to export potentially infected fruit.
So, to prevent it from coming back, they inspect and don't allow infected produce in.
Since we're already dealing with a lot of crop damage from frost this year, they'll probably be extra vigilant regarding insect inspections with fruit this year to avoid a double-whammy. That's just a guess on my part.
Edited by: THISYEARSMODEL at: 2/27/2011 (14:40)
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When I crossed the border yesterday from Oregon to California, the guard came aboard my RV to inspect my refrigerator. Anticipating this, I had cooked the remaining produce from the "locally grown" farm I'd visited. He said cooked produce was okay and asked about fresh fruit. I showed him the rest of the orange I'd sectioned for breakfast. Ok. But, when I showed him the uncut lemon, he took out his strong magnifying lens and found 2 scales. I looked and saw tiny little bug legs and parts. He scraped off the scales with his thumbnail and said if they had been alive, he would have had to take the lemon to avoid risk of infecting California's citrus trees. Good that they had been killed by a heat process. I got to
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