A new inspection protocol relating to the consignment of grapes to
Growcom’s Industry Development Officer for Grapes, Anne Larard said that the Victorian Department of Primary Industries had informed
“These countries regard table grapes as a host of QFF and, under World Trade Organisation (WTO) guidelines of equivalence, expect all QFF hosts entering the proclaimed pest free area to be treated,” said Ms Larard.
“Under Victorian legislation, these requirements must be applied on entry of host produce to the state.”
Ms Larard said that from 15 October, all consignments of table grapes entering
“The protocol is being put in place on a trial basis, up until March 2008,” said Ms Larard.
“Each day’s pack, after all culling and grading processes, will need to be inspected for the presence of QFF infestation. Either two per cent of bunches or 600 bunches per day’s pack will need to be inspected,” she said.
“Inspection can occur in the field or packing shed as long as long as the inspection is completed on packed cartons, prior dispatch.”
The Victorian Department of Primary Industries has issued information to all