Mediterranean fruit fly outbreak – metropolitan Adelaide

In metropolitan Adelaide there are a number of Mediterranean fruit fly outbreaks, including some that overlap.

A fruit fly outbreak is declared by PIRSA when fruit fly are detected through maggot infested fruit or through the presence of flies in our surveillance traps.

View information about the separate fruit fly outbreak in Renmark West in the Riverland.

What outbreak and suspension areas are

Once a fruit fly outbreak is declared, PIRSA establishes a 1.5 km outbreak area and a 7.5 km suspension area around the detection site for Mediterranean fruit fly. An eradication program also immediately commences.

PIRSA works with residents and workplaces to locate and remove fruit fly from the area.

Please note: the suburb checker excludes the Riverland.

Enter your suburb below to find out if you are in a fruit fly outbreak or suspension area, and learn what you need to do.

Please check back regularly for updated information.


What to do if you're in an outbreak or suspension area

Home-grown produce

If you are in an outbreak or suspension area:

  • keep your fresh home-grown fruit or fruiting vegetables on your property
  • you can eat, cook or preserve your own home-grown produce.

The less home-grown fruit is moved around, the lower the risk of potentially spreading fruit fly.

What you need to do in your home garden

Shop-bought produce

Across metropolitan Adelaide there are many retail outlets in the current outbreak and suspension areas.

While produce from supermarkets and retail outlets is certified to reduce the risk of fruit fly, restrictions are in place for shop-bought host fruit and fruiting vegetables to reduce the risk of fruit fly potentially spreading.

If you live in a fruit fly outbreak or suspension area, host fruit and fruiting vegetables purchased from a retail outlet must be kept secure when taken home – this means in a sealed bag or container – and it must then remain at home.

  • This means host fruit and fruiting vegetables must not be included in lunch boxes or otherwise moved around.
  • You’ll need to consider alternatives for lunch boxes, like non-fruit fly host vegetables such as carrots, celery, cucumbers and lettuce, or cooked fruit, processed fruit (such as fruit straps), fruit puree, canned fruit or frozen fruit.

These restrictions only apply to fruit fly host produce – find the full list at pir.sa.gov.au/fruitfly-produce

Items such as melons, pumpkins, root and leaf vegetables (potatoes, carrots, celery, cucumbers and herbs) are not host produce and do not have any movement restrictions.

If we all play our part we can quickly eradicate this pest from your area.

Map showing Mediterranean fruit fly outbreak and suspension areas

Check your address on the map to find out if you are in an outbreak or suspension area.

View map of outbreak and suspension areas (PDF 5.3 MB or PNG 5.6 MB)

List of outbreaks and end dates

Use the suburb checker to find out if you are in a fruit fly outbreak or suspension area. Unsure? Remember more than 250 Adelaide metro suburbs are currently within one of these zones.

  • Angle Park – outbreak of Mediterranean fruit fly (Med-fly) was declared on 7 March 2020, and will remain until at least 15 April 2021.
  • Black Forest - outbreak of Mediterranean fruit fly (Med-fly) was declared on 12 January 2021, and will remain until at least 15 April 2021.
  • Blair Athol – outbreak of Mediterranean fruit fly (Med-fly) was declared on 16 December 2019, and will remain until at least 15 April 2021.
  • Campbelltown – outbreak of Mediterranean fruit fly (Med-fly) was declared on 7 May 2020, and will remain until at least 15 April 2021.
  • Croydon Park – outbreak of Mediterranean fruit fly (Med-fly) was declared on 26 February 2020, and will remain until at least 15 April 2021.
  • Klemzig – outbreak of Mediterranean fruit fly (Med-fly) was declared on 6 August 2020, and will remain until at least 15 April 2021.
  • Pooraka – outbreak of Mediterranean fruit fly (Med-fly) was declared on 6 May 2020, and will remain until at least 15 April 2021.
  • Rosewater – outbreak of Mediterranean fruit fly (Med-fly) was declared on 24 March 2020, and will remain until at least 15 April 2021.
  • Semaphore Park – outbreak of Mediterranean fruit fly (Med-fly) was declared on 2 April 2020, and will remain until at least 15 April 2021.

Produce market stallholder requirements

Produce sellers and market stallholders operating within an outbreak are advised of special measures in relation to selling their fruit and vegetables.

Movement of produce notice

The movement of produce notice provides advice on market access requirements for growers, packers and wholesalers within the 1.5 km outbreak and 7.5 km (Mediterranean fruit fly).

Movement of produce notice (PDF 5.5 MB)

Information for retail outlets

Restrictions are in place for local businesses selling fruit and vegetables.

Information sheet for retail outlets (PDF 1.3 MB)

Gepps X Market (Blair Athol outbreak)

Stallholders at the Gepps X Market are advised of special measures in relation to selling their fruit and vegetables at the market.

Stallholders are asked to:

  • cover their fruit and vegetables when entering, selling and leaving the market
  • not sell home-grown fruit and vegetables from the 1.5 km Blair Athol outbreak area
  • take only the produce they need for the day’s trading
  • not take their fruit and vegetables to the Riverland or other fruit producing areas.

Gepps X Market information sheets

Gepps X Market customers

Customers at the Gepps X Market are reminded that fruit and vegetables sold at the market cannot be taken into the Riverland or other fruit producing areas.

Information for buyers – English (PDF 1.2 MB)

South Australian Produce Market (Pooraka outbreak)

Traders selling fruit and fruiting vegetables

Traders at the South Australian Produce Market are advised of special conditions in relation to selling their fruit and vegetables.

Stallholders are asked to:

  1. Use fly-proof packaging – ensure all host produce is covered in fly-proof packaging. This means there are no gaps > 1.6mm in the packaging. Examples of fly-proof packaging include:
    • fly-proof bags/mesh
    • cardboard boxes sealed with tape (no holes)
    • plastic bags (tied or sealed).
  2. Keep host produce inside – remove all host produce from an open air environment and keep it enclosed behind closed doors.
  3. Keep host produce cool – keep all host produce in an environment of < 13 degrees Celsius. If produce reaches > 13 degrees, it must be put into secure conditions (see points above) within an hour of reaching that threshold.

SA Produce Market Information Kit (PDF 1.4 MB)

Retailers purchasing fruit and fruiting vegetables

Retailers purchasing fruit and fruiting vegetables from the South Australian producer market need to seal produce purchased, and keep it sealed and secure for the entire journey during transport.

Guide for retailers buying at the SA Produce Market (PDF 1.3 MB)

Torrens Island Market (Angle Park outbreak)

Stallholders at the Torrens Island Market are advised of special measures in relation to selling their fruit and vegetables at the market.

Stallholders are asked to:

  • cover their fruit and vegetables when entering, selling and leaving the market
  • not sell home-grown fruit and vegetables from the 1.5 km outbreak areas
  • take only the produce they need for the day’s trading
  • not take their fruit and vegetables to the Riverland or other fruit producing areas.

COVID-19 update

We are mindful of the need to protect the broader community and will ensure that in our work we are in keeping with the directions in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

We need to continue our operations to eradicate the fruit fly outbreaks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some of the measures we have in place include:

  • maintaining social distancing and speaking to residents through doors or gates to gain access to yards
  • wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as masks and gloves, as required
  • having hygiene facilities available, and washing and sanitising our hands regularly
  • carrying official identification that is clearly visible at all times, if you would like to check from a distance.

We thank you for your co-operation during this time.

More information

Page Last Reviewed: 27 Jan 2021
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