Communique - Detection of Khapra beetle

20 May 2016

The National Management Group (NMG), comprising all Australian governments, affected plant industries and Plant Health Australia met on 20 May 2016 to discuss a detection of Khapra beetle (Trogoderma granarium) larvae and adults in imported goods at two premises in Adelaide and one on Kangaroo Island.

Acting on advice from the Consultative Committee on Emergency Plant Pests (CCEPP), the NMG endorsed the National Khapra beetle (Trogoderma granarium) Response Plan to deliver further surveillance and control measures.  The Australian Government and the Department of Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA), are conducting the response.

All detected larvae and beetles have been destroyed and there is strong confidence that there has been no contact between the imported consignment and the grain supply chain.

Surveillance and tracing activities are continuing and no Khapra beetles or larvae have been found beyond the three affected premises in South Australia.

There is no change to Australia’s pest status.