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Apiaceae seeds for sowing

Import Health Standard 155.02.05: Seeds for Sowing. Language(s): English. Number of pages: 12

MPI is proposing to remove the Apiaceae schedule from the Import Health Standard (IHS) 155.02.05: Seeds for Sowing; this is a trade-enabling measure.

The current Apiaceae schedule requires that all imported seed lots must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration for Lso haplotypes C, D and E. The additional declaration must state that:

  • the seeds have been sourced from a country free from Lso haplotypes C, D and E; or a representative sample of 10,000 seeds has been sampled and tested for this bacteria (onshore or offshore) and found free; or the seed lot has been treated with hot water at 50°C for at least 30 continuous minutes. The above measures were introduced as provisional measures subject to review and full technical assessment within a reasonable period, as per Article 5.7 of the WTO-SPS agreement.

MPI has now completed its full technical assessment and found that new scientific evidence does not support the previous finding that Lso is seed transmitted on the Apiaceae family. As a result, MPI no longer considers Apiaceae seed to be a risk pathway for introduction of Lso.

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