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Sep 21, 2006 03:18 AM

Mangosteen ban lifted [moved from L.A. board]

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The ban has been lifted on numerous fruits from Thailand including Mangosteen, Lychee, Longan, and Rambutan. These fruits are all going to be imported fresh in the near future. The catch is that they are all going to be irradiated before import. What this means (besides the fruit getting a dose of radiation) is that there is a good chance that you will find live fruit fly larvae in your fruit when you cut it open, but they will all be sterile.

The fruit will start coming in as soon as some of the sites in Thailand get up to speed on the regulations. I'm hearing as soon as two months from now.


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  1. Lychee, longan, and rambutan are seasonally available; they are not irradiated. where are you getting your forecasted info?

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      1. re: Veggietales

        You can check the press release from the USDA.

        The current fruit is seasonably available but it is not "fresh" it is all cold treated which many say (including me)alters the taste. Irradiated rambutans come in from Hawaii so you may have seen those.

        On a side note: I've been to the farms in Florida where many of these fruits grow. The farmers don't like to ship to California because CA is very meticulous in their inspections of FL fruit and much of it gets rejected.

        1. re: BobMack

          What is the process of being cold treated?

          1. re: Veggietales

            It varies but the most basic type involves shipping the fruit in a container that must be kept at a temperature that is low enough to kill the targeted pest. So if a shipment is coming from China it would be cold treated at __ degrees for the entire two week journey to the U.S.

      2. I just spoke with a representative from Melissa's Produce, which is a California based importer / distributor of fancy produce. She said they plan on importing them next August from Thailand, after irradiation plants have been set up.

        1. Has anyone tried the freeze-dried ones from TJ's ? Any good?