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Horticulture Industry Calls for Reversal of Fruit Ban

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The local horticulture industry is trying to overturn a ban on fruit in school lunchboxes.

The Marshall Government has introduced the ban in metropolitan Adelaide following fruit fly outbreaks across SA.

It applies to both store-bought and home-grown fruit for residents in 297 suburbs – stretching north-south from Salisbury to Bedford Park and east-west from the Hills to the coast.

In the Riverland, Monash, Glossop, Renmark West, Renmark South, Renmark and Crescent are also outbreak zones.

While the State Government has introduced the ban until mid-April in a bid to protect SA's $1.3 billion horticulture industry, Angelo Demasi, Chairman from the Horticulture Coalition of SA, has called for a reversal of the ban, following a 30 per cent drop in sales.

For more information and to see the quarantine maps, head to pir.sa.gov.au/biosecurity/fruit_fly_in_sa.

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