to import requirement for fruit fly host produce fumigated with methyl bromide
to recent evidence of fumigation failures in fruit fly host produce from
Victoria, Biosecurity Tasmania have made some significant amendments to Import Requirement 2 – Fruit Fly Host
Produce – Disinfestation with Methyl Bromide. The amendments
were made in consultation with Agriculture Victoria who have also made Tasmania-specific
amendments to the Victorian Interstate Certification Assurance arrangement
ICA-04 – Fumigation for Quarantine operational procedure.
The amendments to IR2 are:
Improved specifications regarding extensive fruit core temperature checking throughout pallets of produce prior to fumigation to ensure that fruit core temperature is consistently at or above 17°C;
- A new requirement to maintain an ambient air temperature of 17°C in the fumigation chamber throughout the two hour fumigation; and
- A new requirement for pre-treatment 600 unit inspections for all mangoes and stone fruit to verify that the produce is free from live fruit fly larvae prior to fumigation occurring.
The amended IR2 took effect from 12:01am on Friday 1 March 2019. With these
changes in place, Biosecurity Tasmania will again accept fruit fly host produce
fumigated by accredited businesses under ICA-04.
It is likely that the amended IR2 will remain in place until a national
re-write of ICA-04 occurs. However, should further larval detections be made,
Biosecurity Tasmania will take further actions as necessary.
Biosecurity Tasmania will also continue to conduct increased inspections of
high risk fruit fly host produce entering the State.
amended IR2 can be found here.