Import Requirement 2 - (Fruit Fly Host Produce - Disinfestation with Methyl Bromide)


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.

2         Fruit Fly Host Produce - Disinfestation with Methyl Bromide

A person must not import, or cause to be imported, any fruit of a plant listed in Schedule 1A unless:

I.         It has been fumigated with methyl bromide for two hours at one of the following rates:

        (a)         Queensland fruit fly;

Methyl Bromide (g/m3)                              Fruit Core Temperature (°C)

              32                                                                 21+

              40                                                                 17-20.9

             

or

(b)         Mediterranean fruit fly;

Methyl Bromide (g/m3)                              Fruit Core Temperature (°C)

              32                                                                 21+

              40                                                                 16-20.9

              48                                                                 11-15.9

              56                                                                 10-10.9

and

II.        Fumigant loading rates for fruits and vegetables are not less than 30%, nor more than 50%, of the volume of the chamber when empty;

and

III.      The fumigator ensures produce packaged or covered with impervious materials (such as plastic bags, stacked plastic punnets or waxed paper), are opened, cut or removed to allow adequate penetration of the gas unless impervious materials contain:

(a)     not less than four unobstructed perforations of 6mm diameter per 100cm2; or

(b)     five unobstructed perforations of 5mm diameter per 100cm2; or

(c)     numerous pinholes (at least 6 holes per square centimetre).

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 and Mediterranean fruit fly.

·         All methyl bromide fumigation must be carried out by a licensed fumigator in an approved chamber.

·         Treated fruit may be allowed to ventilate adequately for the minimum practical period (as per label use requirements) after fumigation prior to securing as per Schedule 1B.

·         Consignments that meet Interstate Certification Assurance (ICA) protocol ICA-04 (Fumigating with Methyl Bromide) satisfy this Import Requirement, only for the temperature fumigation regimes specified in Clause I of this Import Requirement.

·         The provisions of Clause III of IR2 for appropriate pervious packaging override the provisions of ICA-04 for adequate penetration of fumigant through consignments.

·        The provisions of Schedule 1B for secure handling, storage and transport override the provisions in ICA-04 (eg Section 7.1 of Victorian ICA-04) for post treatment security for Tasmania.

·         Alternative fumigant treatment options may also exist, as referred in Section 2.7 of the Manual.


For more information, please contact

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

Mediterranean Fruit Fly (MFF)
Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF)

Import Requirement

ICA-04: Fumigating with Methyl Bromide

None

None

28/09/2017