Parents living in the fruit fly outbreak area at Loxton in the Riverland are reminded to consider the contents of their children’s school lunch boxes to ensure they follow the relevant quarantine restrictions.
A range of communication tools, including posters, Frequently Asked Questions and website information, is being distributed to schools in the Riverland, to help teachers, parents and students better understand what they need to do, and not to do, when packing school lunches that cross out of the fruit fly outbreak area and suspension zone.
In addition, a reminder notice about fruit fly host material movement has been sent to Loxton High School, Loxton Primary School, Loxton North and Preschool, Loxton Preschool, St Alberts Catholic School, Loxton Lutheran School, which are all based in the affected outbreak zone.
Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said local families sending their kids to school don’t want to put the region at further risk of spreading fruit fly.
“Making sure school lunch boxes are packed correctly is one important way of adhering to the restrictions,” said Minister Whetstone.
“This advice is not just for school lunches, but for anyone who regularly takes their lunch to work.
“If you live within the outbreak area or suspension area you cannot carry fresh fruit and vegetables that can host fruit fly out of that zone.
“Produce that is regarded as a potential fruit fly host includes citrus, apples, pears, apricots, plums, nectarines, cherries, berries, bananas, capsicum, tomatoes, table and wine grapes and olives.
“If you are traveling into the suspension area from unaffected areas of the Riverland you can bring fruit and vegetables in with you, however any uneaten items cannot be carried out again and must be disposed of properly.
“We are aware many people want to include fruit and vegetables in their lunches as part of a healthy diet, and the good news is there are many fresh food options that are not hosts for fruit fly. These include pineapples, melons, nuts, carrots, lettuce, broccoli, celery, mushrooms and asparagus.
“Other options include dried, cooked, tinned or preserved fruit or vegetables.”
For further information and advice visit the preparing lunch boxes in a fruit fly outbreak section on the PIRSA website.