Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) Biosecurity SA division manages the risks to South Australia posed by animal and plant pests and diseases, food borne illnesses, and misuse of rural chemicals.
Services provided by Biosecurity SA include animal health (disease surveillance and control), plant health (keeping fruit fly and other plant pests out of the state), weed and pest animal control (natural resource management biosecurity), aquatic pest management, food safety, rural chemical operations and emergency management.
South Australia is the only Australian mainland state that is free of fruit fly, and one of the few places in the world free of the vine-destroying pest phylloxera.
Every year the state government spends about $5 million keeping fruit fly and other plant pests out of the state, through a range of prevention, detection and eradication measures managed by Biosecurity SA. These measures have made a significant contribution to the decrease in fruit fly outbreaks in South Australia, and helped safeguard South Australia’s status as a producer of premium food and wine from a clean environment.
Biosecurity SA will soon be commencing construction of the $3.7 million sterile insect technology facility at Port Augusta to help combat the threat of fruit fly and further South Australia’s premium, clean reputation.
Be vigilant for signs of Giant Pine ScaleArborists, gardeners and tree surgeons have been reminded to keep their eyes open for Giant Pine Scale and to report all suspected signs of the pest insect.Read more about Be vigilant for signs of Giant Pine Scale
Search continues for high-risk Red-whiskered Bulbul birdsA State Government program to identify and eradicate Red-whiskered Bulbuls is currently underway to prevent the pest bird from being established in South Australia.Read more about Search continues for high-risk Red-whiskered Bulbul birds
Mistaking pestivirus for FMD - check with your vetFollowing recent diagnoses of pestivirus in South Australia, Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) is advising cattle farmers to be on the lookout for signs of the disease.Read more about Mistaking pestivirus for FMD - check with your vet
SA's wet conditions ideal for spread of arbovirus disease in livestockSouth Australia’s extremely wet conditions over autumn and winter accompanied by mild winter temperatures has created conditions favourable for the incursion of disease-carrying mosquitoes and midges into pastoral areas.Read more about SA's wet conditions ideal for spread of arbovirus disease in livestock
Sterile insects released in suburban strikeThe latest weapon in the eradication of Mediterranean Fruit Fly (MFF) from the Adelaide metropolitan area commenced today with the spring release of sterile fruit fly in the outbreak areas.Read more about Sterile insects released in suburban strike
Don't travel with unwanted passengers these holidaysSouth Australians travelling interstate or into the Riverland during the school holidays are being asked to remain vigilant against the threat of fruit fly.Read more about Don't travel with unwanted passengers these holidays
Warning for Linke's Central Meat Store Metwurst and PepperoniFollowing food safety checks by the Department of Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA), a number of mettwursts and pepperoni from Linke's Central Meat Store have been recalled and SA Health is advising people not to consume them.…Read more about Warning for Linke's Central Meat Store Metwurst and Pepperoni
Animal health threats loom large with changing weatherBiosecurity SA is urging livestock producers to build their defences against a range of animal health risks this spring.Read more about Animal health threats loom large with changing weather
Shandong training delegation learning about SA's biosecurity practicesA group of 14 staff from Shandong Department of Agriculture are visiting South Australia to learn about the state’s world class phytosanitary (plant health) and biosecurity practices.Read more about Shandong training delegation learning about SA's biosecurity practices
Residents reminded to help keep SA fruit fly freeBiosecurity SA is calling on residents within fruit fly quarantine affected areas to keep up the fight against the devastating fruit pest, by preventing the movement of home grown fruit and vegetables.Read more about Residents reminded to help keep SA fruit fly free
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Coonawarra Cabernet CelebrationsOver 30 events and exclusive tastings at Coonawarra cellar doors.Event information...
Hong Kong Wine and Dine FestivalWine focused mission to Hong Kong that includes the Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival and a pop up wine event staged in conjunction with Debra Meiburg Wine.Event information...
- 1 Jun
Detection of Russian wheat aphidThe State Government is responding to detections of the exotic pest - Russian wheat aphid - which has been found in cereal crops in the State's mid-north.The initial detection was on a site ...
- 3 May
Metropolitan Adelaide fruit fly outbreaksAn outbreak of Mediterranean Fruit Fly (MFF) has been declared in Colonel Light Gardens following the detection of fruit fly larvae on 3 May 2016.A 1.5 kilometre quarantine area has been est...
Securing South Australia’s Premium Food and Wine Industry. The Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) Food Safety Program was established to administer a legislative framework that applies food safety regulation to primary industry sectors.
National Sterile Insect Technology Facility - Port Augusta
Fruit flies are the world’s worst fruit pest, destroying fruit and vegetables in commercial crops and home gardens. The Queensland fruit fly, or Q-fly, is a major pest to our fruit and vegetable crops in Australia.