BAA 2011-05 Draft Risk analysis for table grapes from Korea

​13 April 2011

Biosecurity Australia Advice 2011/05

This Biosecurity Australia Advice notifies stakeholders of the release of the Draft non-regulated risk analysis report for table grapes from the Republic of Korea.

Biosecurity Australia proposes that the importation of table grapes to Australia from Korea can be permitted subject to a range of quarantine conditions. The draft report identifies 14 pests that require quarantine measures.

This draft report is being issued for 60 days consultation. Written comments and submissions are invited by 12 June 2011.

Biosecurity Australia Advice 2010/34, of 12 November 2010, announced the formal commencement of a non-regulated risk analysis to consider a proposal to import table grapes from the Republic of Korea.

This Biosecurity Australia Advice notifies stakeholders of the release of the Draft non-regulated risk analysis report for table grapes from the Republic of Korea. Stakeholders have until 12 June 2011 to provide written comments on the draft non-regulated risk analysis report.

The draft non-regulated risk analysis report identifies 14 quarantine pests that require quarantine measures to manage risks to a very low level in order to achieve Australia’s appropriate level of protection (ALOP).

The identified quarantine pests are Kanzawa spider mite, harlequin ladybird, scarab beetles (two species), spotted wing drosophila, grapevine phylloxera, mealybugs (two species), leafrollers (two species), apple heliodinid, western flower thrips, grape cluster black rot and grapevine leaf rust.

Regional differences were identified for two pests: Kanzawa spider mite has been identified as a quarantine pest for Western Australia; and western flower thrips for the Northern Territory. The proposed quarantine measures take account of these regional differences.

This draft report proposes a combination of risk management measures and operational systems that will reduce the risk associated with the importation of table grapes from Korea into Australia to achieve Australia’s ALOP, specifically:

  • area freedom or a systems approach or post-harvest fruit treatment for spotted wing drosophila 
  • a systems approach (vineyard control and surveillance, fruit bagging and visual inspection and remedial action) for Kanzawa spider mite, mealybugs, leafrollers, apple heliodinid and western flower thrips
  • a systems approach (vineyard and packing management and visual inspection and remedial action) for harlequin ladybird and scarab beetles
  • area freedom or sulphur pad treatment for phylloxera 
  • area freedom for grape cluster black rot
  • area freedom or a systems approach for grapevine leaf rust
  • a supporting operational system to maintain and verify the phytosanitary status of consignments. The Biosecurity Services Group (BSG) will verify that the proposed phytosanitary measures have occurred. BSG officers will be present under a pre-clearance arrangement to inspect and verify pest freedom prior to export in the first year of trade. Pre-clearance will then only occur as required.

The draft report and information about the regulated IRA process are available at www.biosecurityaustralia.gov.au. Printed copies are available, if required.

Frequently asked questions and answers are attached.

Comments on the draft non-regulated risk analysis report must be submitted by 12 June 2011 to:

Office of the Chief Executive
Biosecurity Australia
GPO Box 858
CANBERRA  ACT  2601

Telephone: +61 2 6272 5094
Facsimile: +61 2 6272 4333
E-mail: Plant Biosecurity

Confidentiality

Stakeholders are advised that, subject to the Freedom of Information Act 1982 and the Privacy Act 1988, all submissions received in response to Biosecurity Australia Advices will be publicly available and may be listed or referred to in any papers or reports prepared on the subject matter.

The Commonwealth of Australia reserves the right to reveal the identity of a respondent unless a request for anonymity accompanies the submission. Where a request for anonymity does not accompany the submission the respondent will be taken to have consented to the disclosure of their identity for the purposes of Information Privacy Principle 11 of the Privacy Act 1988.

The contents of the submission will only be treated as confidential if they are marked ‘confidential’ and can be classified as such in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 1982.

 

Colin Grant
Chief Executive

Contact: Dr Vanessa Findlay
Tel:  +61 2 6272 3933
Fax:  +61 2 6271 4333