Queensland Fruit Fly outbreak
As of July 1 2013, there will no longer be a requirement to treat and certify Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) Host Produce moving into or within NSW and Victoria excluding the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area (GSPFA).
As the Greater Sunraysia will remain a Pest Free Area, conditions for movement of host produce into, within and from this area will not change. This produce must still be certified on account of QFF.
For the remainder of NSW and Victoria, you will now be able to move host produce without certification, on the condition that the fruit is free of QFF. Businesses and individuals found to be transporting infested fruit will face regulatory action.
Area freedom for QFF will cease across the NSW Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone (FFEZ) from 1 July 2013 (excluding the GSPFA). This means that property and area freedom certifications for QFF will be invalid. Area freedom in production areas of the FFEZ has been invalid for many months on account of the large number of ongoing QFF Outbreaks.
If you currently hold a Certification Assurance Arrangement (e.g. a CA or ICA) for access to QFF sensitive markets like Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia and the GSPFA, you should consider maintaining these arrangements to ensure continued market access. Please check with the destination state to ensure your accreditation is accepted.
Businesses located in the FFEZ will no longer require certification under CA-04 to receive QFF host produce. However those located in the GSPFA must retain CA-04. ICA-47 will be redundant.
DPI remains committed to assisting industry in managing fruit fly and will continue to provide ongoing support to the industry, including trapping to provide area freedom from exotic fruit flies including Mediterranean fruit fly, market access negotiations, certification, technical advice and broader fruit fly management co-funded research.
Six QFF Management Areas will be established in the Riverina and Menindee to underscore cost-shared pest management arrangements and provide potential future market access options.
Winter Navel producers in the Riverina should note that market access under into the USA will continue under cold storage.
For further information contact your local Biosecurity Compliance Officer by calling 1800 808 095. For information on ICA accreditations visit the NSW DPI website or the Interstate Certification Assurance (ICA) website.