Spread the word: Leave your fruit and vegetables at home over Easter

South Australians are being encouraged to spread the word and warn family and friends travelling over the Easter holidays not to threaten the State’s fruit fly free status by bringing fruit and vegetables into fruit fly exclusion zones.

South Australians are being encouraged to spread the word and warn family and friends travelling over the Easter holidays not to threaten the State’s fruit fly free status by bringing fruit and vegetables into fruit fly exclusion zones.
 
“The message we need to send to visitors is that one piece of fruit could jeopardise South Australia’s $675 million horticultural industry,” said Liberal Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone.
 
“When travelling over Easter or the school holidays, fruit fly restrictions should be taken into account.
 
“The Riverland has had two Queensland fruit fly outbreaks this year, further highlighting the importance of motorists being fully aware of the implications of illegally carrying fruit into the Riverland Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone.”
 
Only fruit and vegetables purchased within South Australia can be taken into the Riverland, provided a valid itemised shop receipt accompanies it.
 
Offenders also face a $375 on-the-spot fine for carrying illegal fruit or vegetables.
 
Mr Whetstone said with a number of Mediterranean fruit fly outbreaks in metropolitan Adelaide and pressure from the horticultural pest interstate, South Australians must remain vigilant.
 
“If family and friends are visiting, remind them of the strict quarantine requirements as we cannot afford any more fruit fly outbreaks in South Australia,” said Mr Whetstone.

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