Canned fruit

ApricotsThe Canned Fruits Industry Council of Australia represents the biosecurity interests of canned fruit producers and the industry. They are members of Plant Health Australia and signatories to the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed. Their responsibilities include:

  • biosecurity planning and implementation at the national and farm levels
  • liaising with federal and state governments on trade issues
  • funding and supporting biosecurity initiatives
  • participating in national committees and response efforts in an emergency.

Industry overview

Fruit production of the varieties represented by Canned Fruits Industry Council of Australia (apples, apricots, peaches, pears and plums) occurs from December to May, with volumes of 30,000 to 35,000 tonnes processed annually.

The industry represents more than 110 fruit growing businesses and one processor. The canned deciduous fruit business is primarily based in the Goulburn-Murray Valley region of Victoria, processing Australian apples, apricots, peaches, pears and plums at Shepparton.

Biosecurity plans and manuals have been developed with PHA and state governments for the pome fruit (apple and pear) and stone fruit (summerfruit) industries: however, the canned fruit industry does not have a specific biosecurity plan or manual.

Apple & Pear IBPIndustry biosecurity plans

Biosecurity planning provides a mechanism for the canned fruit industry, government and other relevant stakeholders to assess current biosecurity practices and future biosecurity needs. Planning identifies procedures that can be put in place to reduce the chance of pests reaching our borders or minimise the impact if a pest incursion occurs.

An industry biosecurity plan and a farm manual which include the high priority pests of the canned fruit industry have not yet been developed. However pests of apricots, peaches, pears and plums are included in the industry plans and manuals prepared for Summerfruit Australia and APAL. The Industry Biosecurity Plan for the Summerfruit Industry and the Industry Biosecurity Plan for the Apple and Pear Industry outline key threats, risk mitigation plans, identification and categorisation of exotic pests and contingency plans. For copies, please call 02 6215 7700 or email

Summerfruit Biosecurity ManualOrchard Biosecurity Manual for the Summerfruit Industry

The Orchard Biosecurity Manual for the Summerfruit Industry or the Orchard Biosecurity Manual for the Apple and Pear Industry contain information to help producers to implement biosecurity on-farm. Manuals usually contain an overview of biosecurity, fact sheets to identify the high priority pests of a crop, tips on crop management, and how to manage people, vehicles and equipment to minimise biosecurity risks. Manuals also contain a biosecurity self-assessment list, and templates to record pest surveillance records and visitors.

More information about on-farm biosecurity for both plant and livestock producers is available from the Farm Biosecurity website.

The following is a list of documents for exotic and endemic pests of canned fruit. Please note that this is not a complete list of pests: rather it includes pests for which documents exist in the Pest Information Document Database.

Some of the documents presented here are not tailored to canned fruit and are included for information only.

Common name Scientific name EPPRD Category Fact sheet Contingency plan Diagnostic protocol
Almond seed wasp Eurytoma amygdali FS
Apple maggot Rhagoletis pomonella FS FS DP
Apple proliferation Apple proliferation phytoplasma FS
Banana spider mite Tetranychus piercei 4 FS FS
Black stem blight Erwinia pyrifoliae FS
Blister spot of apples Pseudomonas syringae pv. papulans
Brown headed leaf roller Ctenopseustis obliquana and Ctenopseustis herang FS
Brown rot Monilinia fructigena 3 FS FS FS
Carambola fruit fly Bactrocera carambolae FS FS FS FS DP
Cassava spider mite Tetranychus truncatus FS
Cedar apple rust Gymnosporangium juniperi-virginianae FS
Citrus longicorn beetle Anoplophora chinensis FS CP
Coconut bug Amblypelta cocophaga FS
Cotton aphid Aphis gossypii (exotic strains) FS
European canker Neonectria ditissima FS FS
European stone fruit yellows Candidatus Phytoplasma prunorum 3 FS
False codling moth Thaumatotibia leucotreta syn Cryptophlebia leucotreta 2 FS CP
Fijian fruit fly Bactrocera passiflorae FS DP
Fire blight Erwinia amylovora 2 FS CP
Glassy-winged sharpshooter Homalodisca vitripennis FS FS FS FS FS FS FS CP CP
Green headed leaf roller Planotortrix excessana FS
Spongy moths Lymantria dispar and Lymantria mathura FS FS FS CP
Japanese beetle Popillia japonica FS
Mediterranean fruit fly Ceratitis capitata FS DP
Melon fruit fly Zeugodacus cucurbitae FS DP
New Guinea fruit fly Bactrocera trivialis 3 FS FS DP
Oblique-banded leaf roller Choristoneura rosaceana FS
Omnivorous leaf roller Platynota stultana FS
Orange tortrix Argyrotaenia citrana syn A. franciscana FS
Oriental fruit fly Bactrocera dorsalis 2 FS FS FS FS FS FS FS DP
Pacific spider mite Tetranychus pacificus FS
Peach fruit fly Bactrocera zonata FS DP
Peach twig borer Anarsia lineatella FS
Peach X disease Candidatus Phytoplasma pruni 3 FS
Pear fruit moth Numonia pirivorella 3 FS
Pear psyllid Cacopsylla pyricola FS
Pierces disease Xylella fastidiosa 2 FS FS FS FS FS CP
Plum curculio Conotrachelus nenuphar 2 FS FS
Plum fruit moth Cydia funebrana FS
Plum pox virus Plum pox virus (Potyvirus) 2 FS FS CP
Poinsettia thrips Echinothrips americanus FS CP
Queensland fruit fly Bactrocera tryoni FS DP
Rosy apple aphid Dysaphis plantaginea FS
Spotted wing drosophila Drosophila suzukii FS FS FS FS
Strawberry spider mite Tetranychus turkestani FS
Tarnished plant bug Lygus lineolaris FS FS FS CP
Texas root rot Phymatotrichopsis omnivora (syn Phymatotrichum omnivorum) 2 FS FS
Tomato black ring virus Tomato black ring virus (Nepovirus) FS
Tomato ringspot virus Tomato ringspot virus (Nepovirus) FS
Verticillium wilt Verticillium dahliae (exotic defoliating strains) 3 FS
Western flower thrips Frankliniella occidentalis FS
Western plant bug Lygus hesperus FS