Produce into Victoria
QUEENSLAND’S fruit and vegetable industry has received a boost, with Victoria changing its restrictions on produce entering the state. A number of fruit and vegetables entering Victoria previously had to be chemically treated due to the tight restrictions on produce that could carry Queensland fruit fly. Until the recent suspension by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority, many Queensland crops were treated with dimethoate and fenthion. Both chemicals have been widely used for the control of fruit fly in horticultural production and for produce entering into fruit fly-restricted markets. After negotiations with Queensland, Victoria has introduced a new quarantine entry condition for fruit fly-host produce entering the state from Queensland fruit fly-endemic areas.