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Proposed amendments to specific import requirements for melon, cucumber, and watermelon seeds for sowing


Final IHS issued

The final import health standard (IHS) with measures for Melon necrotic spot virus for seeds for sowing of melon (Cucumis melo) and watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) was issued on 05 November 2021.

Import Health Standard 155.02.05: Seeds for Sowing [PDF, 1.8 MB]

Review of submissions on this consultation [PDF, 1.5 MB]

About this consultation

From 20 April to 19 May 2021, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) invited comment on proposed changes to the Import Health Standard 155.02.05: Seeds for Sowing.

The proposed import requirement changes were:

  • the addition of requirements for Melon necrotic spot virus on Citrullus lanatus (watermelon), Cucumis melo (melon), and Cucumis sativus (cucumber)
  • a new schedule named ‘Cucumis’ to add requirements for Melon necrotic spot virus
  • removal of Citrullus lanatus and Cucumis species from the current ‘Cucurbitaceae’ schedule.

Full details of the proposed changes are in the consultation documents.

Consultation documents

Risk Management Proposal: Measures for melon necrotic spot virus on Cucumis melo (melon), Cucumis sativus (cucumber) and Citrullus lanatus (watermelon) [PDF, 1.6 MB]

Draft Import Health Standard 155.02.05: Seeds for Sowing [PDF, 2.3 MB]

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