South Australia’s changed entry requirements for fruit fly hosts
Biosecurity South Australia has recently changed its quarantine entry requirements for heat treatment and methyl bromide fumigation of Queensland fruit fly (Bractrocera tryoni) and Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata) host produce. The following changes came into effect on 28 March 2018.
Condition 12C – Heat treatments
Condition 12C – Heat Treatments has been rescinded and is no longer available as a quarantine entry condition. This means South Australia will no longer accept produce certified for Condition 12C or under the Interstate Certification Assurance (ICA) Scheme Operational Procedure ICA 10 Hot Water Treatment of Mangoes (see NT ICA 10, QLD ICA 10).
Condition 13 – Disinfestation by methyl bromide fumigation
Condition 13 – Disinfestation by methyl bromide fumigation has been amended, with minimum fruit pulp temperatures rising from 12°C to 16°C.
Accordingly, Condition 13 of the Plant Quarantine Standard, South Australia has been changed, imposing amended requirements for methyl bromide fumigation of Queensland fruit fly and Mediterranean fruit fly host produce.
These amendments will need to be met for produce certified under the ICA Operational Procedure ICA 4 Fumigating with Methyl Bromide.
Please study the latest copy of Condition 13 contained within the Plant Quarantine Standard, South Australia and the amended entry conditions that became effective on 28 March 2018, and disregard previous versions.
For further information contact Biosecurity South Australia on 08 8429 0351.
Acknowledgement: reproduced from an alert issued by Biosecurity Queensland