16 Jun 2010

Concern over Chinese apples coming into Australia

5:32 pm on 16 June 2010

Australian fruitgrowers say they will ask the federal government to step in following a decision to allow Chinese apples into the country.

The growers say there is no scientific research backing a decision to dismiss their appeal against the apple imports.

The Australian biosecurity authority released a draft plan earlier this year that recommended allowing apples to be imported from China, under strict quarantine conditions.

Meanwhile, the New Zealand Government is expected to release in the next few weeks the details of the World Trade Organisation's interim decision on its complaint about Australia's rigorous pest and disease controls for accepting apples.