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Beware fruit fly risk: remember random roadblocks apply

Media release
23 January 2013

Biosecurity SA has warned South Australians, and people travelling to celebrate the Australia Day holiday weekend, to be aware of the risk of fruit fly coming into our state.

Manager of Compliance, Mark Langman, also reminds travellers that Biosecurity SA has the capacity to run random roadblocks at any time anywhere in SA, in addition to permanent quarantine stations at Ceduna, Oodla Wirra, Yamba and Pinnaroo. Long weekends are a particular danger time for fruit fly outbreaks because of more people travelling.

“South Australia is the only state that is fruit fly free and we want to keep it that way,” Mr Langman said. “Bringing just one piece of fruit into our state could be an expensive mistake for the traveller, but the consequences of a fruit fly outbreak could be far reaching.

“It could put in jeopardy the state’s $675 million fresh fruit and vegetable growing industry, our international reputation for clean, green food and hard-won trade.

“The message is simple, if you’re a South Australian resident planning to travel into the Riverland Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone this weekend, unless you bring an itemised receipt, leave any fruit or fruiting vegetables at home; alternatively, buy them in the Riverland.

“If you’re an interstate traveller visiting our state you are not allowed to bring fruit into South Australia – no ifs, buts or maybes – you must put it in one of the highway bins provided for disposing fruit, or hand it in when coming through our quarantine stations.

“Between now and the end of summer, our mobile inspection teams will be out and will  conduct  random roadblocks at various locations to increase vigilance and ensure we limit the risk of fruit fly coming into our state.

“Fruit fly outbreaks are usually sparked by people travelling with maggot infested, fresh produce from interstate where fruit fly is a major problem.

“Don’t let fruit fly into our state. Do the right thing if you’ve got fruit or fruiting vegetables on board: eat it, bin it or declare it.”