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Hawaii avocados headed to mainland after 1992 ban on exports

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HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Avocado growers in Hawaii are looking forward to the benefits of more lax federal export regulations that are allowing them to ship their products to the mainland.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1XiPBeQ ) the export of Hawaii avocados to the mainland was banned nearly 25 years ago after a fruit fly species was discovered in an outbound shipment. Avocados could still be sent if they went through a fumigation process, but that can impact taste.

The first batch of Sharwil avocados sent to the mainland arrived in Minnesota last month.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture had approved the shipment of Sharwil avocados in 2013, allowing only that one type of avocado to be sent to 32 states.

Kona avocado grower Brooks Wakefield says she's switching from Malama to Sharwil avocados to take advantage of the new regulations.

Information from: Hawaii Tribune-Herald, http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/

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