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Draft amendment to the IHS's for apricot, nectarine/peach and plum from the State of California, USA

Equivalent phytosanitary treatment for Drosophila suzukii associated with fresh apricot, nectarine/peach and plum from the United States of America (State of California)

The New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) must consult with interested parties before issuing or amending (other than of a minor nature) import health standards (IHSs) in accordance with Section 23 of the Biosecurity Act (1993) and MPI’s consultation policy. An IHS specifies phytosanitary requirements that must be carried out, either in the country of origin or of export, during transit, or in quarantine, before biosecurity clearance can be given for the commodity to enter New Zealand. MPI must ensure that these requirements are technically justified and provide an appropriate level of biosecurity risk management.

MPI proposes to amend the IHS for apricot, peach/nectarine and plum from the United States of America (State of California), for risk management of Drosophila suzukii, to replace emergency measures with the following treatment options:

DROSOPHILA SUZUKII measures for Apricot, Nectarine/Peach and Plum from the State of California, USA

Methyl bromide fumigation Methyl bromide fumigation at 48 g/m3 or greaterfor 2 hours at13.9°C or greater.
Cold disinfestation The fruit pulp temperature to be held continuously at or below 0.8°C (±0.7°C) for 14 days before export or in-transit to New Zealand.

No change to the additional declarations for phytosanitary certificates is proposed.

Information supporting the proposed amendment of this IHS can be found in the Risk Management Proposal.

Risk Management Proposal: Amendment to the import health standards for apricot, nectarine/peach and plum from the United States of America (State of California) [PDF, 268 KB]

How to make a submission

Comments on the proposed amendment to the IHS should be forwarded to MPI by close of business on Tuesday 17 June 2014. MPI encourages respondents to forward comments electronically. Send submissions to:

However, should you wish to forward submissions in writing, please send them to the following address by close of business on Tuesday 17 June 2014.

Plant Imports
Plants, Food & Environment
Ministry for Primary Industries
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6140
New Zealand

Please make sure you include the following information in your submission:

  • the title of this discussion document;
  • your name and title;
  • your organisation’s name (if you are submitting on behalf of an organisation); and
  • your contact details (e.g. phone number, address and email).

Submissions received by the closure date will be considered for the final issue of the amended IHS. Submissions received after the closure date may be held on file for consideration when the issued standard is next revised/reviewed.

Please note that your submission is public information. Submissions may be the subject of requests for information under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA). The OIA specifies that information is to be made available to requesters unless there are sufficient grounds for withholding it, as set out in the OIA. Submitters may wish to indicate grounds for withholding specific information contained in their submission, such as the information is commercially sensitive or they wish personal information to be withheld. Any decision to withhold information requested under the OIA is reviewable by the Ombudsman.