Aussie grape seeds gain access to Chinese market
Australian companies will now be able to export grape seeds to China following a decision by the country's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ).
In an announcement by the Chinese entity on Dec. 20, it said a phytosanitary agreement had been reached with Australia's Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), after a pest risk analysis and field studies were completed.
Three quarantine pests - Anthrenocerus australis, Cryptolestes pusilloides and Ptinus fur - have been identified, with shipments requiring full inspection for these threats before export.
The deal only allows for grape seeds shipped on a commercial basis.
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