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.www.commercialdiplomacy.org/case_study/cas
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)