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California grape imports surge as Western Australian wholesalers.

Western Australian wholesalers are strengthening the domestic market of table grapes through imports from California.

Wholesalers have defended a decision to allow Californian (CA) table grape imports to enter Western Australia, due to concerns regarding bio-security breach increase amongst local growers.

The Department of Agriculture and Food for Western Australia (DAFWA) announces modified import conditions for CA grapes, providing the US industry market access The ruling angered Western Australian growers, who feared the devastating fungal disease pathogen phomopis viticola may be introduced because of the imports.

DAFWA originally supported the growers' claims; forcing CA growers to wait 15 months for market access after Biosecurity Australia gave their approval to the deal the import risk analysis carried out in March 2012.

Advice from the Federal Department of Agriculture and independent sources had been sought prior to downgrading the phomopis viticola risk rating from low to very low, which allowed CA imports to commence.

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Publication:Pakistan Food Journal
Geographic Code:1U9CA
Date:Aug 31, 2013
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