VISITORS to SA are being urged to leave all fruit and vegetables at home and buy local over these summer school holidays.
As SA continues to battle Mediterranean and Qld fruit fly outbreaks, travellers are encouraged to check restrictions on the movement of fruit fly host material before entering the state.
Primary industries minister David Basham said with many people travelling from interstate or moving between Adelaide and the Riverland over the school holiday period, it is important to be vigilant in the fight against fruit fly.
"The state government has spent over $50 million in eradicating fruit fly outbreaks from SA, but we are heavily reliant on people doing the right thing," he said.
"If you're travelling into SA these summer holidays, we welcome you with open arms, but don't pack a pest like fruit fly with you or you'll be stung with a fine.
"We continue to take a zero tolerance approach to fruit fly and remind all visitors to dispose of any fruit fly host fruit and vegetables prior to reaching roadblocks such as at Yamba."
Mr Basham said it was the perfect time to tidy up the garden for those staying at home during the holiday period.
"If you're staying home, you can break the fruit fly life cycle by collecting fallen fruit in your garden and putting it in the green bin," he said.
"Remember to check it for blemishes or maggots and report anything suspicious to the Fruit Fly Hotline on 1300 666 010."
Mr Basham reminder travellers to the Riverland of the recent change to the 'receipt' rule.
"You can no longer bring certain fruit and vegetables into the Riverland with a receipt," he said.
"You can't miss the signs, please use the quarantine bins to dispose of any fresh produce before you enter the area."
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