Media statement: Update on Tasmania fruit and vegetable exports

There have been outbreaks of fruit flies, suspected to be Queensland Fruit Fly (QFly), in two locations in Tasmania.

QFly is a serious pest and the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) are working diligently to contain and eradicate the flies from the affected areas.

Australia’s trading partners have specific requirements for the export of QFly host material, designed to prevent the spread of this serious pest.

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is monitoring the outbreaks closely and is in regular contact with DPIPWE, who are managing the outbreak as the lead agency.

The department is also working closely with our trading partners to provide information about the control measures being put in place.

Following the outbreak of fruit flies on Flinders Island in Tasmania, Taiwan has temporarily suspended exports of fruit fly host plant products from the Furneaux group of islands, which includes Flinders Island and Cape Barren Islands.

The Furneaux islands are not a major fruit or vegetable producing region and do not export.

There was an outbreak of fruit fly at a site in Spreyton on mainland Tasmania and a 15 kilometre control zone has been set up in the area.

To support Tasmania’s Pest Free Area (PFA) status, the Tasmanian government has refined the requirements for the movement of fruit fly host produce from within the Spreyton site Control Area to the rest of Tasmania.

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