The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to amend a regulation that had prevented citrus fruit from canker-infested groves to be shipped to citrus-producing states.

Florida is the only state in the nation under quarantine for citrus canker, a disease that infects citrus but is harmless to humans.

Under the new rule, fruit must be free of visible canker lesions and treated with an approved disinfectant.

Canker lesions will now be treated as fruit defect rather than a quarantinable pest, under the new rule.

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