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By Zoila Palma González: Today, the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) announced that the import of citrus as fresh fruit is currently inadmissible, with the exception of Tahiti limes from Mexico for processing.

BAHA says it continues to conduct surveillance to detect and deter illegal imports and distribution of regulated agricultural products, including citrus.

“We remind all individuals and businesses that possession of such goods is an offense under the BAHA Act and there will be strict enforcement of penalties as prescribed by the BAHA Regulations, SI No. 34 of 2022,” it said BAHA.

The public is also reminded to apply for an import permit from BAHA before importing products subject to the Authority’s regulations.

“Your cooperation and compliance with our regulations are essential to maintaining the integrity of our health status and ensuring food safety,” BAHA urged.

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