Import Requirement 8A - (Fruit Fly Host Produce – Post-harvest Treatment with Dimethoate)


Prior to import, a ‘Notice of Intention to Import Produce into Tasmania’ must be submitted to the relevant Biosecurity Tasmania Operations Centre. Importation must occur in compliance with general Conditions and Restrictions for Prescribed Matter in Part 2 of the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania.

8A   Fruit Fly Host Produce – Post-harvest Treatment with Dimethoate

SUSPENSION OF DIMETHOATE

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has suspended certain use patterns for dimethoate. Post harvest treatment of some host fruits previously eligible for treatment is no longer permitted.  Check the APVMA website at apvma.gov.au for further details.

A person must not import, or cause to be imported, any fruit unless it has been treated  according to one of the following methods:

I.         full immersion in a mixture containing 400 mg/L dimethoate for at least 60 second after harvest. Carambola, longan, lychee, passionfruit, star apple and rambutan may be dipped for 10 seconds but must remain wet for a further 60 seconds; or

II.      after harvest flood spraying in a single layer with a mixture containing 400 mg/L dimethoate at a rate of 16 L per minute per square metre of the area being flood-sprayed, for at least 10 seconds, with fruit remaining wet with the mixture for not less than 60 seconds; or

III.     after harvest flood spraying in a single layer with a mixture containing 400 mg/L dimethoate at a rate of 32 L per minute per square metre of the area being flood-sprayed, for at least 12 seconds, with fruit remaining wet with the mixture for not less than 60 seconds; or

IV.     treatment according to Clause I, II or III must be the final treatment before packing except in the case of citrus which may:

(a)     have a non-recovery gloss coating (wax) applied not less than 60 seconds after treatment; or

(b)     be washed, treated with a fungicide and/or a gloss coating applied not less than 24 hours after treatment with dimethoate;

        or

V. All cultivars of mangoes must be:

       (a) class one quality fruit; and

       (b) harvested in hard mature condition; and

       (c) subject to either an approved pre-harvest or approved post-harvest treatment; and

       (d) inspected to verify hard mature condition, class one quality and freedom from fruit fly.

Consignments must be accompanied by a Plant Health Certificate or a Plant Health Assurance Certificate.

·         This Import Requirement applies in respect of Queensland fruit fly only;

·         Consignments that meet Interstate Certification Assurance (ICA) protocol ICA-01 (Dipping with Dimethoate) satisfy Clauses I and IV of this Import Requirement;

·         Consignments that meet ICA-02 (Flood Spraying with Dimethoate) satisfy Clauses II, III and IV of this Import Requirement;

·         Consignments that meet ICA-18 (Treatment and Inspection of Custard Apple and Other Annona spp.) satisfy this Import Requirement;

·         Consignments that meet ICA-19 (Treatment and Inspection of Mangoes) no longer satisfy this Import Requirement;

·         Hard mature condition means that the mango is unripe or has a ripeness stage of 0 and is hard with no give when held in hand and firm pressure is applied with the ball of the thumb;

·         Mangoes that meet CTM-01 (Condition and Treatment of Mangoes) satisfy Clause V of this Import Requirement;

·         ICA-01 (Dipping with Dimethoate) and ICA-02 (Flood Spraying with Dimethoate) are approved post-harvest treatments for mangoes when applied as part of compliance with CTM-01 (Condition and Treatment of Mangoes) under Clause V of this Import Requirement;

·         ICA-01 and ICA-02 cannot be used in isolation for treatment of mangoes under this Import Requirement;

;·        Consignments must also satisfy the import requirements of Schedule 1B re fruit fly host secure fruit handling, storage and transport.


For more information, please contact

Plant Biosecurity
Phone: 1300 368 550
Email: Biosecurity.planthealth@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF)

Import Requirement

ICA-01: Dipping with Dimethoate or Fenthion
ICA-02: Flood Spraying with Dimethoate or Fenthion
ICA-18: Treatment and Inspection of Custard Apple and Other Annona spp.
ICA-19: Treatment and Inspection of Mangoes

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