Growers Worried About Untreated Flowers In Australia

Growers Worried About Untreated Flowers In AustraliaInspectors in charge of testing cut flowers arriving to Australia are afraid that the bio-security of the country is being compromised. It seems that Third World exporters are ignoring the strict Australian quarantine laws.

A large number of flowers have been confiscated due breaking of these laws, according to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. And now all cut flowers consignments are being tested before they enter the country.

In most cases, cut flowers need to be “devitalised” before they enter the country. This means that they are sprayed with a herbicide that prevents them from reproducing. This prevents disease and pests from spreading.

These quarantine procedures have been implemented because of risks like Sudden Oak Death syndrome, which was responsible for wiping out numerous species of trees in California in 2002.

The greatest concern is that quarantine protocol is not being followed, especially since shipments of cut flowers are not paid close attention.

[Via: smh.com.au]

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