We are traveling from Arizona to California with fresh produce. What items might we expect to have to throw away at the border?

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    I think this is for shippers/growers thus not adding it to David's answer but check out this pdf chart. Basically, all citrus, and some surprising to me stone fruit, nuts, and vegetables. – mkennedy Jun 24 '19 at 17:10

This California government page discusses border inspections.

The page says:


Our inspectors check vehicles and commodities for compliance with California and federal plant quarantine regulations. They also check commodities to make sure they are free from exotic invasive species that may be hitchhiking with them. Although the primary focus is on plant materials (i.e., fruits, vegetables, nursery stock, hay, firewood, etc.), other items are also frequently inspected.

Briefly, you're advised to:

Have all plant material—including fruits, vegetables, plants, hay, and firewood—packed for easy access.

Ensure the driver knows what is in the vehicle and where it is packed.

Ensure the driver has keys or knows the combination for all door locks.

Ensure all doors (especially those of self-mover trucks and trailers) can be easily opened and closed.

  • I don't see how this answers the question? Having produce packed for easy access does not answer what you are allowed to bring. – Tor-Einar Jarnbjo Jun 24 '19 at 15:59
  • Fair enough. I'll amend the Answer to include more info. – DavidSupportsMonica Jun 24 '19 at 16:22
  • I must honestly say, that I can still not read any real answer in your text. OP is obviously aware that whatever she brings into California must be compliant with the regulations. You answering that the items must be compliant with the regulations does not solve the problem. The question is rather what these regulations say, not that there are regulations. – Tor-Einar Jarnbjo Jun 24 '19 at 21:07
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    What is wrong with the document mkennedy links to in his comment? I am not familiar with restrictions on produce when travelling between the different US states, but to me, it seems to give a comprehensible and extensive answer to the question. – Tor-Einar Jarnbjo Jun 24 '19 at 21:18
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    @David you wouldn't have had to spend any time to create that chart; it is from the California Department of Food and Agriculture. – phoog Jun 29 '19 at 2:13

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