Plate it. Don’t plant it.

Plate it

You can help prevent the introduction of exotic pests and diseases into Australia by making sure you do not plant food products that are intended for eating. When buying fresh, dried or preserved foods (including spices and seeds) from your local supermarket, general store or fruit and vegetable shop, make sure they are put on your plate for eating and not planted in your garden.

Plant-based goods, such as fruit, herbs, vegetables, spices, seeds, are imported into Australia for a variety of purposes and end uses, and import conditions depend on this. Goods for growing, such as seeds, are different from foods and have a higher risk of carrying pests and diseases so therefore face much tighter import conditions to make sure that they are safe.

Don’t plant it

The goods that you purchase from your supermarket, general store or fruit and vegetable shop are intended for eating. By planting them, you could unknowingly introduce exotic pests and diseases into the Australian environment. These pests and diseases could damage your home garden and then spread to native vegetation and rural areas, threatening our environment and our agricultural industries.

You can avoid introducing exotic pests and diseases into our environment by not planting food products meant for eating or cooking, including:

Seeds from fresh fruit or vegetables


Seeds from dried fruit or vegetables


Seeds of spices and herbs


Fresh herbs and sprouts


Fresh fruit or vegetables


Food scraps leftover from fresh fruit or vegetables


Clean gardening

Whether you’re a seasoned horticulturalist or a home gardener, it’s important that you know where your plants and seeds have come from and what they are intended for.

Buy your seed and plant material from reputable Australian suppliers. These suppliers have either sourced their products locally or imported them through certified channels. If you buy any plants or seeds from overseas suppliers, you must comply with the conditions on our Biosecurity Import Conditions system (BICON) and get an import permit if required.





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