South Australians travelling interstate or into the Riverland during the school holidays are being asked to remain vigilant against the threat of fruit fly.
Fresh, unprocessed fruit and fruiting vegetables can be infested with fruit fly and by travelling into South Australia or around the state with fruit or fruiting vegetables in your car can put our fruit fly free status at risk.
If you are returning from interstate travels it is illegal to bring back any fruit or fruiting vegetables into South Australia. And you are only permitted to take fruit and fruiting vegetables into the Riverland, if travelling there from within South Australia, if you have an itemised receipt, certificate or permit on hand. If caught, fines of up to $375 can apply.
With quarantine restrictions in the Clarence Park/Kurralta Park, Highgate and Colonel Light Gardens outbreak areas in place until the end of December 2016, residents from affected suburbs are being reminded that NO fruit or fruiting vegetables can be removed from these areas.
Quarantine stations, signs and disposal bins are located at key sites across the State including road entry points, airports and rail terminals - all aimed at keeping fruit fly out.
For more information including the list of prohibited fruit and fruiting vegetables visit www.pir.sa.gov.au/fruitfly
Quotes attributable to Primary Industries and Regions SA’s Executive Director of Biosecurity SA, Geoff Raven
By keeping our state fruit fly free, we not only protecting the production of our fruit and vegetable industries but optimise South Australia’s access to lucrative international export markets.
Check what you are carrying these holidays – the success of our State’s fruit fly free status is in your hands.
Therefore if in doubt remember to either bin it, eat it or declare it!
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, a division of the Department of Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA).
South Australia remains the only Australian mainland state that is fruit fly free and this status has significant benefits in protecting the commercial production of fruit, vegetables, wine grapes and almonds in South Australia, particularly in the Riverland and Murraylands.
This status also helps to secure producers’ access to lucrative citrus markets such as Japan, USA, Thailand and New Zealand which in 2014-15 was worth approximately $40 million.
In 2014–15, the estimated farm-gate value of the state’s horticultural produce vulnerable to fruit fly infestation, including wine grapes and almonds, was $1.1 billion.
If you find maggots in fruit or vegetables or suspect fruit fly, immediately call the fruit fly hotline on 1300 666 010.