New irradiation pathway to boost Australia-Thailand trade

A new agreement with Thailand will see Australian persimmons as the first horticultural product exported to Thailand via an irradiation pathway.

As part of a visit to Thailand in mid-August, Dr Marion Healy, First Assistant Secretary, Biosecurity Plant Division, discussed the details of the irradiation pathway with Mr Noppakoonwong Uthai, Deputy Director General of Thailand’s Department of Agriculture.

‘We are very pleased that we have reached agreement with Thailand and announced the irradiation pathway. We are confident this will lead to an even stronger trade relationship between our two countries,’ Dr Healy said.

Dr Healy and Mr Uthai agreed it was important the new pathway ensures fruit and vegetable trade is safe, free of biosecurity pests and diseases and will enable commercially viable trade.

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