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Upcoming changes regarding sclerotia contamination for Lolium spp. or Festuca spp. seed consignments
Effective from 28 July 2021
The purpose of this notice is to remind stakeholders that as a result of a departmental review, the department will update our approach to manage imported seed lots of Lolium spp., Festuca spp. and their hybrids (Festulolium spp.), that are found with sclerotia contamination. This change will occur on 11 August 2021.
For imported seed lots of Lolium spp., Festuca spp. and their hybrids (Festulolium spp.), for the end use of seed for sowing or human consumption:
Where sclerotia has been identified as a contaminant and has been identified as one of the below species, the detection will continue to be considered as non-actionable for Australia:
If the sclerotia cannot be identified to species level and is over the 0.05% tolerance level, remedial actions to manage the contaminant risk will be required. Remedial actions may include further species identification, cleaning, export or disposal.
These changes will be reflected on the department’s webpage for Seed contaminants and tolerance tables.
When will the changes be implemented:
The above changes will apply to all Lolium spp., Festuca spp. or Festulolium spp. seed consignments that are:
Note: Commercial documentation will be required to confirm the date of export (e.g. Bill of Lading, airway bill) to Australia.
Please contact Plant Import Operations on 1800 900 090 or email email@example.com.
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