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Tuesday, 30 November 1976


Mr Lloyd asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:

(   1 ) Is he satisfied with quarantine procedures being applied to imported avocados from California, to ensure that they are free of all pests and diseases.

(2)   Is there concern in the Australian industry that the introduction of such diseases would be catastrophic for the local industry.


Mr Hunt - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Yes. Avocado fruit from California may only come from certified sources and are inspected carefully on arrival and treated if necessary.

(2)   I have received representations expressing concern about the possible introduction of diseases, but I am assured that present quarantine arrangements, which are strictly enforced, are designed to prevent entry of avocado fruit which could present a disease risk to the Australian industry.







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