Cold disinfestation treatment against quarantine fruit flies is mandatory for all permitted varieties of table grapes exported from Australia.
The fruit core temperature must be held at:
- 1.0 degree celsius or below for 16 days;
- 2.0 degrees celsius or below for 18 days;
In transit cold treatment requirements
- 3.0 degrees celsius or below for 20 days
Fruit must be pre-cooled to, or below, the target treatment temperature before loading.
The calibration of the fruit pulp temperature sensors must occur immediately prior to loading and sealing of the container.
Once loaded and sealed the treatment start time occurs when all the fruit pulp temperature sensors are at, or below, the target treatment.
Onshore cold treatment requirements
Details of treatment to be endorsed on the phytosanitary certificate in the treatment section.
- The onshore cold treatment temperature data (report) must be endorsed by the Authorised Officer (with the appropriate job function) to confirm that the treatment has been successful.
- For onshore cold treatment the exporter is responsible to ensure that each consignment is accompanied with the onshore cold treatment data and onshore cold treatment calibration and re-calibration record/certificate as required by the protocol.