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State tightens importation rules to protect $1.3 bln industry

Mediterranean fruit fly outbreak in South Australia

The state of South Australia has tightened its rules around the importation of fruit and vegetables from Victoria, after two Mediterranean fruit fly outbreaks. Some larvae of the destructive pest have been discovered in backyard fruit in Port Augusta and Warradale. While the outbreaks are not believed related to fruit or vegetables from Victoria, SA Primary Industries Minister David Basham says Victorian fumigators will have to undertake detailed inspections of fruit before shipping, update packaging and improve traceability.

Basham said the arrangements had been installed to protect the state's $1.3 billion horticulture industry, as well as the 37,000 jobs and 4,000 businesses it supports.

'In response to the detections of live fruit fly larvae in fumigated fruit imported into South Australia earlier this year, the Marshall Liberal government has required the Victorian government to strengthen the current fumigation requirements for fresh produce destined for South Australia,' Basham told dailymail.co.uk.


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