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
For on-shore treated product, the exporter is to provide evidence attesting to the treatment which must be presented to the Department of Agriculture Authorised Officer at time of inspection.
Details of treatment to be endorsed on the phytosanitary certificate in the treatment section.