Tasmania blocks applesThis article was originally published in Foodnews
AUSTRALIAN island state Tasmania is to try to maintain its ban on New Zealand apple imports until further notice, defying the national lifting of the ban, The Australian reported. The state’s government fears the spread of fire blight and has asked Biosecurity Australia for further information so that it can “properly assess any risks or implications to Tasmania”. Although Australia reluctantly lifted its ban on New Zealand apple imports last month under pressure from the WTO ( FOODNEWS 5 August) , the states are taking matters into their own hands. Of more than 12 shipments of New Zealand fruit that have arrived in Australia so far, one has been rejected because it was contaminated by leaf trash and insects. The state to which the contaminated container of apples was bound, South Australia, has since put a ban on imported fruit going into its fruit-growing regions.