Australia: Washed ware potato pest report released for comment

The Department of Agriculture and Food has released a draft pest categorisation report for stakeholder consultation, as part of a review of washed ware potato imports from other Australian states and territories. Washed ware potatoes are currently permitted entry into Western Australia from interstate, subject to quarantine measures. The report, which identifies quarantine pests associated with the washed ware potato pathway, is publically available for comment until 30 January 2017. Department chief plant biosecurity officer John van Schagen said the current quarantine conditions for potatoes had been in place for more than ten years. “This policy review aims to ensure these biosecurity measures continue to provide appropriate safeguards against pests and diseases, and comply with interstate trading requirements,” Mr van Schagen said. More