AU: Quarantine zone to protect against fruit fly outbreak

A quarantine zone has been declared in part of Adelaide's Northwest after the discovery of fruit fly larvae in a peach tree.

Biosecurity SA said a fruit fly outbreak was declared at Ethel ton with a 1.5km quarantine zone established around the offending property.

Spokesman Geoff Raven stressed the importance of no one within the zone removing fresh fruit, fruiting vegetables or garden waste from their properties, or composted fruit and vegetables during the eradication program.

Mr Raven said a baiting program would be conducted in the quarantine zone until no further wild fruit flies were detected.

Inspectors would check on individual properties.

"This a timely reminder for people not to travel into South Australia with fruit and vegetables," he said. "If fruit fly becomes established in South Australia, this could jeopardize markets for our $480 million fresh fruit and vegetable industry."

Source: www.weeklytimesnow.com.au


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