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Australian fruit fly controls under review

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has responded to growers’ concerns that it will soon ban post-harvest dipping with the organophosphate insecticides, dimethoate and fenthion, to control fruit flies. Reviews are under way and some use changes may be proposed, but no decisions have yet been reached, the APVMA points out. The Authority understands that any changes to dimethoate or fenthion use for fruit fly control could have a significant impact on the whole fresh fruit supply chain.



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