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EPA: US citrus to be free of EDB by September

The Environmental Protection Agency announced a plan Friday to eliminate by September nearly all EDB contamination in the fresh citrus Americans eat, but stopped short of immediately banning the pesticide in fruit.

The new EPA policy sets mandatory interim limits on EDB residues in domestic and imported citrus fruit and establishes a Sept. 1 deadline for cleansing the pesticide from them almost entirely.

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