Quarantine Alert: Don't Post A Pest

The Department of Agriculture and Food has issued a warning to members of the public importing plant material from the Eastern States that they will get caught if they haven’t followed the proper import conditions.

The caution follows a spate of seizures by the department’s Quarantine WA at the mail and parcel facilities which could have posed a risk to the State’s enviable biosecurity status.

Department biosecurity executive director Kevin Chennell said Western Australia remained relatively free of serious agricultural pests and diseases and it was vital to continue to safeguard the State’s $20 billion agriculture and food sector and the environment.

Border biosecurity director Greg Pickles said detector dogs from the domestic airport had recently been brought in to assist with detections in mail.