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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.

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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.