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Fruit Fly Host Produce – Post Harvest Treatment with Fenthion (June 2016)

Biosecurity stakeholders please note that an important change has taken place in the import regulations housed in the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania, as of 23 June 2016.

IR 8B, a post-harvest treatment option for importation of fruit into Tasmania using the insecticide fenthion directed against elimination of risk of fruit fly contamination, has been revoked. This follows the decision of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to withdraw all labels and permits for use of the organophosphate insecticide fenthion in Australia.

This treatment option was one that very few importers or exporters elected to use when exporting fruit fly ‘at risk' fruits to Tasmania. Alternative treatments exist for preventing the carriage of fruit fly in fruit.

Further information can be found at the APVMA website.