Travellers must not bring fruit and vegetables into South Australia this holiday season, the Agriculture Minister Leon Bignell has warned.
In the 2014-15 season, more than 70,000kg of fruit and vegetables was seized at quarantine stations at border points entering South Australia.
“South Australia is the only mainland state which is fruit fly free and we want to keep it that way. So eat it, bin it, or declare it,” Mr Bignell said.
“There are signs on the roads before the quarantine bins. Do the right thing or risk a fine.
“Fruit flies are most active from November to March, so be vigilant and help protect the state’s horticultural industry.
“South Australia’s fruit fly free status secures access for our horticultural producers to lucrative international markets, worth about $120 million per year.
“In 2014-15, the estimated farm gate value of the state’s horticultural produce vulnerable to fruit fly infestation, including wine grapes and almonds and many fruits and vegetables, was $1.1 billion.
“Every year the South Australian Government spends about $5 million keeping fruit fly and other plant pests out of our state, through a range of prevention, detection and eradication measures undertaken by Biosecurity SA.”
Quarantine stations are located at Yamba, Pinnaroo, Oodla Wirra and Ceduna.
Remember to call the hotline on 1300 666 010 if you find maggots in fruit or vegetables, or suspect fruit fly or other plant pests or diseases.