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18 July 2008
DRAFT IMPORT RISK ANALYSIS FOR FRESH CAPSICUM (PAPRIKA) FRUIT
FROM THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA
I refer to Biosecurity Australia advice 2008/14 dated 20 May seeking comments and
submissions on the draft import risk analysis (IRA) for fresh capsicum (paprika) fruit from the
Republic of Korea.
Preliminary review of the risk analysis report by the Department of Agriculture and Food,
Western Australia (DAFWA) indicates that there are a number of issues that require further
consideration and resolution. Some of the issues include:
The risks posed by exotic seed-borne organisms, particularly the viruses and viroids are
There are at least 26 organisms that are not listed in the draft IRA but can be associated
with fresh capsicum in the Republic of Korea. Of the 26 organisms listed, 14 organisms
are of potential quarantine concern to Western Australia.
Western Australia’s regional freedoms have not been considered. There are at least five
pests listed in the draft IRA that are present in Australia but not in Western Australia.
DAFWA is not able to support the risk analysis at this stage however DAFWA will be able to
consider supporting this proposal after Biosecurity Australia’s consideration and satisfactory
resolution of concerns and issues raised in this letter, those that arise from further discussion
and in the Attachment 1.
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the proposal.
DIRECTOR PLANT BIOSECURITY
Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia’s Submission to