As school returns for another term the State Government is reminding those living in the Lindsay Point outbreak and suspension area quarantine restrictions still apply on moving fresh fruit and vegetables when packing school or work lunches.
Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said with quarantine restrictions still in place until at least December it pays to check the strict movement requirements and avoid inadvertently spreading the risk of fruit fly.
"Keeping South Australia fruit fly free is everyone's responsibility and with the eradication response to the outbreak of Queensland fruit fly at Lindsay Point in Victoria still occurring I call on everyone, particularly those living within the suspension zone on our side of the border, to do the right thing," said Minister Whetstone.
"It only takes one piece of infested fruit to cause devastation to the state's $1.2 billion horticulture industry and supporting regional communities so continual vigilance against the pest needs to be a priority for us here in the Riverland.
"If you live within the 1.5km outbreak zone in Victoria or the 15km suspension area which includes parts of the Riverland Pest Free Area east of Renmark and Paringa, please don't pack fresh fruit or vegetables that can host fruit fly.
"However, for parents looking to pack healthy school lunch boxes there are alternative fresh fruits and vegetables that can be packed including celery, carrot and rockmelon. Dried, cooked, tinned, pickled, frozen or preserved fruit and vegetables are also allowed.
"The outbreak quarantine measures are of course on top of the ongoing restrictions on fresh fruit and vegetables susceptible to fruit fly being brought into our all-important Riverland PFA from within the state or our border controls.
"The Marshall Liberal Government will use every tool at its disposal to protect our vital horticulture industry which is why we have introduced zero tolerance at the Yamba Quarantine Station and random roadblocks to strengthen the fight against this most destructive pest."
If no further wild flies or larvae are detected it is anticipated the quarantine zone surrounding Lindsay Point will remain in place until 22 December 2019.
For further information on keeping South Australia fruit fly free, maps of the Lindsay Point outbreak and suspension zones and to download a guide on packing lunches and food during a fruit fly outbreak visit www.pir.sa.gov.au/fruitfly