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Bananas ripened in VIC could place SA at risk

The latest investment of a major ripening facility in Victoria has resulted in the transhipment of bananas via Victoria (VIC) into South Australia (SA) with potential negative impacts: job loss for locals, reduction of quality and freshness of bananas available to South Australians and increased risk for fruit fly outbreaks.

Traditionally, bananas should only enter SA as "Hard Green". The practice of transhipping Queensland fruits via Victoria results in semi ripened fruit entering the State. And whilst arrangements are in place to allow the practice to continue, it has potential to place SA at risk by further fruit fly outbreaks. The practice is being closely monitored by PIRSA.

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