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Update to revised requirements for interstate exports of Green snail host materials to South Australia in 2017

By March 17, 2017 No Comments

South Australia (SA) informed the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) of changes to entry requirements for Green snail (Cantareus apertus) host material from Western Australia which came into effect from 14 March 2017.

Biosecurity SA has designated the entire state of Western Australia (WA) a risk zone for Green snail.

New definition of Green snail host material

The new SA plant quarantine standard defines Green snail host material as:

  • soil, plants and plant material (including cuttings and bare rooted plants but not bare-rooted trees provided they have no leaves and fruit)
  • leafy vegetables, all peas, all beans, asparagus, strawberries and strawberry plants
  • cut flowers
  • turf
  • hay, straw and other baled fodder

and provides guidelines on relevant entry requirements for WA produce.

Please note, “Topped” root vegetables free of soil are exempt from this condition.

Leafy vegetables listed as green snail host material are listed in table attached.

Entry requirement guidelines for WA produce to SA

As a result of the SA changes, all WA growers will now be required to bait their properties, and be inspected by DAFWA to enable certification for export to SA.

Any baiting that might be required can only commence on April 1st at the commencement of the green snail activity period (April to November inclusive), and while SA have indicated that there may be some departures from the standard Green Snail baiting protocols, DAFWA are currently in discussions with SA and will provide appropriate guidelines to growers as soon as possible.

Growers exporting produce to states other than SA, and whose produce transits through SA to the final destination are not required to comply with the recent changes imposed by SA, and can export in accordance with the requirements in the national Green snail protocol for these states and territories.

Contact the department

As requested in the previous information, to help ensure inspectors are available to meet industry demand for certification for produce to SA, please contact the department if you grow green snail host produce as listed above.

DAFWA is urgently seeking information from growers of green snail host products currently exporting to, or considering exporting to, South Australia including:

  • the size of your property, and
  • if a mixed-use property, the proportion of your property on which you grow host products.

Please contact

Dr Ian Wilkinson                                              Dr David Windsor

0459 846 705                                                   0404819615

(08) 9780 6278                                                (08) 9780 6287

ian.s.wilkinson@agric.wa.gov.au                   david.windsor@agric.wa.gov.au

Green snail Host material status of Vegetables

Product Green Snail Host Condition
ARROWROOT root No Yes with green top attached
ARROWROOT leaves Yes
ARTICHOKES Yes
ASPARAGUS Yes
BAMBOO SHOOTS Yes
BEANS Yes
BEANSHOOTS Yes
BEETROOT root No Yes with green top attached
BEETROOT leaves Yes
BOK CHOY Yes
BROCCOLI Yes
BROCCOLINI Yes
BRUSSEL SPROUTS Yes
BUTTERNUT PUMPKIN No
CABBAGE Yes
CAPSICUMS No
CARROTS No Yes with green top attached
CASSAVA root No Yes with green top attached
CASSAVA leaves Yes
CAULIFLOWER Yes
CELERIAC No Yes with green top attached
CELERY Yes
CHERVIL Yes
CHICORY root No Yes with green top attached
CHICORY leaves Yes
CHILLIES No
CHINESE RADISH No Yes with green top attached
CHOKO No
CHOYSUM Yes
COURGETTES No
COURGETTE FLOWERS Yes
CUCUMBERS No
EGGFRUIT No
ENDIVE Yes
ENGLISH SPINACH Yes
ESCAROLE Yes
FENNEL No Yes with green top attached
GARLIC No
HORSERADISH No Yes with green top attached

 

JAPANESE PUMPKIN No
KALE Yes
KANG CONG Yes
KANTAN Yes
KHOLRABI No Yes with green top attached
KIWANO No
LEAFY GREENS  – BABY LEAF Yes
LEBANESE CUCUMBERS No
LEEKS Yes
LETTUCE Yes
MARROW No
OKRA No
ONIONS No
PAK CHOY Yes
PAPRIKA No
PARSNIPS No Yes with green top attached
PEAS Yes
PUMPKIN – OTHER No
RADISH No Yes with green top attached
SHALLOTS Yes
SILVERBEET Yes
SNOW PEAS Yes
SPRING ONIONS Yes
SPROUTS Yes
SWEDES No Yes with green top attached
SWEET CORN No
SWEET POTATOES No
TARO root No Yes with green top attached
TARO leaves Yes
TOMATOES No
TURNIPS No Yes with green top attached
WONG BOK Yes
YAMS No
ZUCCHINI No
ZUCCHINI FLOWERS Yes

For further additional information see the website https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/plant-biosecurity/green-snail-declared-pest

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