Biosecurity Australia Advice 2008/35
4 December 2008
Revised emergency measures for the importation of tomato and capsicum fruit from New Zealand
This Biosecurity Australia Advice notifies stakeholders that the emergency measures for the importation of tomato and capsicum from New Zealand are to be revised.
The revised emergency quarantine measures will allow imports of tomatoes and capsicums to recommence, subject to demonstrated control of the psyllid population in production sites (glasshouses) and mandatory methyl bromide fumigation.
A draft pest risk analysis report for Candidatus Liberibacter sp. affecting solanaceous crops is being developed. Until this PRA is finalised, the revised emergency measures will remain in place.
The revised emergency measures will commence on 10 December 2008.
Following the detection of a new bacterium, Candidatus Liberibacter psyllaurous, in New Zealand, Australia put emergency quarantine measures in place on 6 June 2008, prohibiting the importation of a number of solanaceous crops, such as tomatoes and capsicums, from New Zealand.
Consistent with international obligations, Biosecurity Australia commenced a risk analysis for the bacterium to characterise the risks posed by the importation of host commodities including tomatoes, capsicum, eggplant and tamarillo.
As a result of work undertaken by New Zealand to better understand the disease and its vectors and a series of site visits conducted by BA representatives, BA has revised the emergency measures to allow trade to recommence, while the risk analysis is being finalised.
The revised emergency quarantine measures will allow importations of tomatoes and capsicums, subject to demonstrated control of the psyllid population in production sites (greenhouses) and mandatory methyl bromide fumigation. Other solanaceous crops from New Zealand will remain prohibited.
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