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.
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
New strain of rabbit virus spreads to regionsBiosecurity SA has confirmed a new strain of calcivirus is sweeping through rabbit colonies in parts of regional South Australia.Read more about New strain of rabbit virus spreads to regions
Consultation extended to have your say on declared plant reviewThe State Government is calling on community and industry members to have their say on a major review of weeds in the state. Consultation on the final phase of the review has been extended until Friday 17 June to encourage further feedback on five ne…Read more about Consultation extended to have your say on declared plant review
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.Read more about Detection of Russian wheat aphid
Fruit fly quarantine zone extended to Camden ParkThe Clarence Park fruit fly quarantine zone in Adelaide's inner southern suburbs has been extended after three male Mediterranean Fruit Flies (MFF) were detected in separate traps located in Camden Park.Read more about Fruit fly quarantine zone extended to Camden Park
What's growing in your garden? Have your say on weed reviewBiosecurity SA is inviting home gardeners to have their say on backyard plants that could be banned from sale in South Australia under the declared plant review.Read more about What's growing in your garden? Have your say on weed review
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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 ...
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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.