South Australian fruit fly outbreak delcared

Loxton fruit fly outbreak delcared

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An outbreak of Queensland fruit fly has been declared in South Australia following a detection of seven flies in the area.

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An outbreak of Queensland fruit fly has been declared in Loxton, South Australia, following a detection of seven flies in the area. 

A 1.5 kilometre outbreak area has been established around the detection point from which host fruit and fruiting vegetable cannot be removed and quarantine restrictions apply.

Affected areas include Newton Road bounded by Barker Street to the north and Middleton Road to the East.

A 15km suspension area has also been established beyond the 1.5km outbreak area.

Commercial growers within the suspension area are able to apply treatments under accreditation to move fruit.

Residents and businesses inside the quarantine area can help to eliminate fruit fly by practicing a few simple measures including do not give away or move any fruit and fruting vegetables, unless they are cooked or preserved.

Also, do not leave fruit or fruiting vegetables lying on the ground or compost any of the fruit, including those purchased from a shop. 

Residents should report any maggots found in fruit or fruiting vegetables immediately to the Fruit Fly Hotline on 1300 666 010. 

All properties and businesses within the outbreak area will receive information from Biosecurity SA about the outbreak and associated restrictions.

The quarantine and suspension areas will remain in place until at least February 28 next year.

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