Tasmania has officially clocked over into fruit fly-free
status but Australia's trading partners will not automatically recognise the
At 12:01am on Wednesday, strict biosecurity controls around the north of the state were lifted, 12 months after fruit flies were detected in the island state.
The control zones restricted the movement of fresh fruit from some of Tasmania's prime horticultural production areas, unless it had been treated with methyl bromide or been kept in cold storage for weeks.
The shutdown affected export markets and caused huge
"It's the end of that process where we've had controls
to protect the rest of the state's fruit fly-free status," Assistant
Minister for Agriculture senator Richard Colbeck said.
Growers again able to move fruit without restrictions
Federal authorities negotiating to reopen international markets
Indonesia won't consider Tasmania's fruit fly-free status until February
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ABC Rural News – 10 January 2019