Concerns are growing as our fruit fly outbreak worsens. With restrictions of bringing fruit into schools and workplaces, the sale of fruit has taken a hit.
Horticulture Coalition of SA chair Angelo Demasi said the Government’s direction had already led to a 30 per cent reduction in fruit sales at the SA Produce Market this week.
“However, we call for an immediate change to the messaging and retraction of the school communication with alternate messaging that allows the continued ability to pack a healthy SA grown snack in school lunch packs.”
As instructed on the Government of South Australia’s website:
‘While produce from supermarkets and retail outlets is certified to reduce the risk of fruit fly, restrictions are in place for shop-bought host fruit and fruiting vegetables to reduce the risk of fruit fly potentially spreading.
If you live in a fruit fly outbreak or suspension area, host fruit and fruiting vegetables purchased from a retail outlet must be kept secure when taken home – this means in a sealed bag or container – and it must then remain at home.
- This means host fruit and fruiting vegetables must not be included in lunch boxes or otherwise moved around.
- You’ll need to consider alternatives for lunch boxes, like non-fruit fly host vegetables such as carrots, celery, cucumbers and lettuce, or cooked fruit, processed fruit (such as fruit straps), fruit puree, canned fruit or frozen fruit.’
Primary Industries and Regional Development Minister David Basham says “If you live in an affected area any shop-bought fruit and fruiting vegetables must also be kept secure when taken home – this means in a sealed bag or other container – and it must then remain at home.”