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Fruit fly update

2 February 2021

We received this information from the Department for Education today:

The Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) has released updated information about fruit fly restrictions in South Australia.

New colour-coded maps for metropolitan Adelaide and Riverland residents show the outbreak areas, suspension areas, and areas not affected by fruit fly.

The maps will let parents know if they can pack certain fruits and vegetables for their child’s recess or lunch.

Updated fruit fly information

To summarise the updated advice:

If your school, preschool or children’s centre is located in the RED outbreak area:

  • Children, students or staff who live in the RED area must not bring any fresh fruit and vegetables on this list to school or preschool. This applies even if it has been cut up.
  • Children, students or staff who live in the YELLOW or GREEN area can bring any type of fruit or vegetable to school, but it must be eaten and disposed of at the school and not taken back home again.

If your school, preschool or children’s centre is located in the YELLOW suspension area:

  • Children, students and staff who live in the YELLOW area or GREEN area can bring any fresh fruit and vegetables to school.
  • If it has been brought from a YELLOW area the fruit or vegetables can be taken back home again. If it has been brought from a GREEN area into a YELLOW it must be eaten or disposed of at the school, and not taken back home again.
  • Those living in the RED zone must not bring any fresh fruit and vegetables on this list to school or preschool.

If your school, preschool or children’s centre is located in the GREEN not impacted area:

  • Children, students and staff who live in the GREEN area can continue to take any fresh fruit or vegetables to school or preschool.
  • Those living in the YELLOW or RED areas must not bring any fresh fruit and vegetables on this list to school or preschool.

Please note that grated, dried, frozen, cooked or pureed fruit and vegetables of any kind are acceptable in any area.

Parent information

Draft parent/carer communications have been prepared, based on the fruit fly zone the site is located in:

PDF icondraft-parent-communication-for-sites-in-green-area.pdf (80.43 KB)PDF icondraft-parent-communication-for-sites-in-yellow-area.pdf (81.29 KB)PDF icondraft-parent-communiction-for-sites-in-red-area.pdf (81.52 KB)

Sites located in the GREEN, not impacted, areas may choose not to send updated communications to parents, as previous advice may still be relevant.

General FAQs

Can our school canteen sell fruit to students and staff?

Yes, school canteens in all zones can continue to sell or provide fruit to students and staff members providing the fruit has been delivered directly by your retailer, is eaten at school and any waste disposed of on site in a green bin with a lid (and not taken home).

How should we dispose of fruit at my school or workplace?

Fruit can be disposed of in a green bin with a lid. Fruit or vegetable waste must not be composted or fed to animals.

If you don’t have a green bin with a lid, please email education.fruitflyresponse [at] sa.gov.au to have one delivered to your site.

Alternatively, if you do not have a green bin with a lid, you can seal your fruit in an airtight plastic bag and freeze if possible. Once frozen, the bag can be put in your general waste bin.

School gardens

Fruits and vegetables (on this list) grown on school/preschool/children’s centre grounds must not leave the site. They can be used for cooking classes etc but must be consumed on the site or disposed of in a green bin with a lid. 

What about strawberries?

If you live in metropolitan Adelaide, strawberries can be moved no matter where you live. Mediterranean fruit fly, which is the species currently in outbreak in metropolitan Adelaide, does not like strawberries.

If you live in the Riverland, there are some restrictions on strawberries. Queensland fruit fly, which is the species currently in outbreak in the Riverland, likes strawberries.

More information

PIRSA’s Fruit fly hotline: 1300 666 010

PIRSA website: pir.sa.gov.au/fruitfly