SUPERMARKETS NOT EXEMPT FROM FRUIT FLY CONTROLS

HOST PRODUCE FROM SUPERMARKETS NOT EXEMPT FROM FRUIT FLY CONTROL AREA REQUIREMENTS

In seeking clarification from Biosecurity Tasmania on the purchase of fruit from supermarkets WITHIN the Control Area, they have advised "regardless of where you have purchased the goods, you are unable to remove any host produce from the Control Area.

Waste from all host produce in the Control Area, regardless of its origin, must be disposed of by double bagging the fruit in sealable plastic bags before disposal of it in one of the amnesty produce disposal bins located throughout the Control Area." 

Common host fruits include, apples, apricots, blackberries, capsicums, cherries, figs, grapefruit, mulberries, nashis, nectarines, oranges, peaches, pears, plums, raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes.

Minor hosts include lemons, limes, quinces, pumpkins and walnuts.

They further request that personal home grown produce not leave the property of origin in a Control Area, this even includes giving it to your neighbours as it may inadvertently lead to fruit fly being taken outside the Control Area.

Biosecurity Tasmania suggest that excess host produce can be managed by bottling, freezing, fermenting or stewing. Large quantities of excess fruit and vegetables can be buried or double-bagged.

Excess produce should NOT be composted as fruit fly larvae can survive this process.


Breach of control area restrictions is an offence under the Plant Quarantine Act 1997 with a maximum court fine of 100 penalty
units ($15,900). On the spot fines of one Penalty Unit or $159 can also be issued.

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