LINDSAY POINT FRUIT FLY OUTBREAK:
IMPORTANT INFORMATION

*UPDATED 12 November 2019:
Movement restrictions for fruit fly host produce affected by the outbreak at Lindsay Point in north-western Victoria, which was declared on 21st May, have now been extended until at least 20 January 2020. The originally declared 1.5km radius outbreak area and 15km suspension area continue to be in place and have not been extended. Click here for a map of the suspension area boundary. The suspension area encompasses the eastern edge of South Australia’s Riverland and parts of Victoria and New South Wales.

For all information relating to this outbreak, refer PIRSA website here. For further inquiries, contact PIRSA on 8207 7814 or the dedicated industry number on 1800 255 556.

For specific movement information for the winegrape industry, refer below unless notified otherwise by PIRSA.

At present no wine grape vineyards in SA have been identified in the outbreak area. The conditions that must be complied with for the movement of wine grapes grown in the suspension area are therefore detailed below. Any extension to the date for compliance with these conditions will be communicated to industry accordingly.

PIRSA is responsible for managing the response to the outbreak, accreditation systems and ensuring compliance with conditions imposed on the movement of wine grapes grown in and transiting through the suspension areas.

Movement conditions for wine grapes grown in and transiting through the suspension areas are as advised by PIRSA.

Grape grower

  1. If your vineyard is within the suspension area and your wine grapes are destined for a winery/processing facility also within the suspension area, then:
    • a. Your wine grapes can move without accreditation or certification.
    • b. Prevent spillage of wine grapes during loading and transportation, by not filling each grape bin or bulk truck more than within 200mm of the top lip of the truck or bin.
  2. If your vineyard is within the suspension area and your
    wine grapes are destined for a winery/processing facility outside the suspension area in South Australia, then:
    • a. Accreditation or certification is required, being either:
      • ICA-33 accreditation, OR
      • PIRSA certification
    • b. Prevent spillage of wine grapes during loading and transportation, by not filling each grape bin or bulk truck more than within 200mm of the top lip of the truck or bin.
  3. If your vineyard is within the suspension area and your wine grapes are destined for a winery/processing facility interstate then you must contact PIRSA on 8207 7814 to confirm movement conditions.

To obtain the necessary ICA-33 accreditation or PIRSA certification, please contact PIRSA on 8207 7814. At this time, PIRSA staff will also be able to inform you of any notice of movement they require for consignment under this accreditation or PIRSA certification.

Prior to applying for ICA-33 accreditation, it is important to contact your winery/processing facility as some will assist their growers in organising this accreditation. It is also important to contact your carrier to advise movement requirements as detailed in this Alert.

Winery/processing facility

  1. A winery/processing facility in South Australia that receives wine grapes grown in the suspension areas must:
    • a. Be accredited by PIRSA under ‘Import Verification Compliance Arrangement’ (IVCA CA-01), OR
    • b. Certified by PIRSA to receive wine grapes from these areas
    • To obtain IVCA CA-01 accreditation or PIRSA certification, please contact PIRSA on 8207 7814. At this time, PIRSA staff will also be able to inform wineries/processing facilities of any notice of movement required for receiving wine grapes under ICA-33 accreditation or PIRSA certification.
  2. A winery/processing facility in Victoria or New South Wales that receives wine grapes grown in the outbreak or suspension areas, must contact Agriculture Victoria on 1800 084 881 or NSW Department of Primary industries on 02 9741 4790.
  3. A winery/processing facility in Western Australia, Tasmania or Queensland that receives wine grapes grown in the outbreak or suspension areas, must contact PIRSA on 8207 7814.

Carriers

  • Ensure all drivers have been trained in spillage management and have relevant contact numbers for reporting a spill.
  • Pay particular attention to cleaning any spilled harvested wine grapes consigned under ICA-33 accreditation or PIRSA certification from the truck tray prior to leaving the winery. Notify the responsible person at the winery of any spillages that occur within the winery.
  • Present all documentation provided by the grower to the receiving winery.

Winegrape loads transiting through the outbreak or suspension area

  • Where possible, wine grapes grown outside of the suspension area should travel to the winery or processing facility via a route that avoids the fruit fly outbreak area.
  • In cases where transiting through the suspension area en route to a winery or processing facility is unavoidable, each wine grape load must be consigned to prevent spillage (i.e. filled to no more than 200mm from the top lip of the truck or grape bin).
    • The truck must not stop, backload or unload while transiting through the outbreak or suspension area.
    • Each wine grape load in this situation must show adequate security (e.g. under ICA- 33 or PIRSA certification). Please seek specific advice from PIRSA for your specific situation if transiting the suspension area.

For growers and wineries where transiting the Lindsay Point suspension area applies, please contact PIRSA on 8207 7814 to confirm any notice of movement that may apply.

Wine grape maturity samples

  • Where whole wine grape bunch or berry samples are collected in the suspension area for maturity assessment within the suspension area, then the maturity samples can move without accreditation or certification.
  • Where whole wine grape bunch or berry samples are collected in the suspension area for maturity assessment outside the suspension area in South Australia, then:
    • a. Samples are required to be sent from the vineyard under ICA-33 accreditation or PIRSA certification AND the winery/ processing facility must obtain IVCA CA-01 accreditation or PIRSA certification to receive these samples.
    • b. Maturity samples must be in sealed bags.

Wine grape samples for diagnostic testing

Winegrape samples originating from within the Lindsay Point suspension areas can be sent for diagnostic testing to a CA-12 accredited laboratory in South Australia.

Diagnostic samples must be:

1. Consigned with appropriate packaging and labelling according to the accredited laboratory’s CA-12 requirements (refer below for details).

2. Accompanied by a completed chain of custody form (called a Diagnostic Sample Declaration Form or equivalent).

3. Accompanied by the CA-12 accreditation number of the accredited laboratory and a copy of the accredited laboratory’s CA-12 certificate of accreditation where provided.

4. Transported by courier or personal carriage.

Packaging and labelling

Diagnostic samples must be:

  • Double-bagged and sealed to prevent leakage;
  • Placed in a hard, durable container to prevent damage during transit; and
  • Individually labelled with a unique sample description or code.

The outer packaging container must contain the following label information:

  • Have one or more affixed labels with lettering at least 5mm in height that state:

i. That the package contains Quarantine Material and a brief description of the contents (e.g. frozen grapes)

ii. The name and delivery address of the accredited laboratory the samples are being consigned to

iii. The CA-12 accreditation number of the accredited laboratory

iv. The contact details of the sender (business name, contact number, address, name of sender, signature of sender and date of sending)

  • Have an affixed envelope containing:

i. A completed copy of the accredited laboratory’s chain of custody form (including number of samples in the consignment, date of collection, sample codes, street address the samples were collected from, name of the accredited laboratory)

ii. A copy of the accredited laboratory’s CA-12 certificate of accreditation (where provided by the laboratory)

For a full list of South Australian laboratories currently accredited to CA-12. Refer here.

Please contact PIRSA on 8207 7814 for any further information regarding the movement of diagnostic samples from the suspension area to non-CA-12 accredited laboratories in South Australia, or to interstate laboratories.

Cleaning of grape harvesters

It is a best practice recommendation for all grape harvesters working in the suspension area to be washed down of soil and grape material prior to moving to vineyards outside the suspension area. This practice will ensure that any grape material originating from inside the suspension area remains there.

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