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The 53-year-old (left) imported different types of garlic, some of which possibly wore Xylella fastidiosa, a bacterium that poses the greatest threat to the biosecurity of plants

The 53-year-old farmer has been imprisoned for almost a year and has imported thousands of GARLIC flower bulbs from America

  • Former president of the Australian Garlic Industry Association imported 2200 bulbs
  • Letetia Anne Ware was imprisoned on Tuesday for 11 months for importing the garlic
  • Garlic may carry Xylella fasidiosa – a bacterium that forms a national threat
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A woman who has imported thousands of bulbs of garlic from America and Canada has been imprisoned for endangering Australia's biosecurity.

Former chairman of the Australian Garlic Industry Association and farmer Letetia Anne Ware was sentenced to 11 months for importing nearly 2,200 garlic bulbs.

The 53-year-old imported various types of garlic, some of which possibly wore Xylella fastidiosa, a bacterium that poses the greatest threat to the biosecurity of plants.

The 53-year-old (left) imported different types of garlic, some of which possibly wore Xylella fastidiosa, a bacterium that poses the greatest threat to the biosecurity of plants

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The 53-year-old (left) imported different types of garlic, some of which possibly wore Xylella fastidiosa, a bacterium that poses the greatest threat to the biosecurity of plants

Ware made 21 separate garlic imports over a period of 18 months, ordering suppliers on one occasion to falsely label the garlic as garden supplies.

One shipment was intercepted and destroyed by officials in October 2015 and Ware then received a warning letter from officials.

She subsequently criticized her suppliers for not having incorrectly labeled the product as she had requested.

Ware was aware of the biosafety processes, because she had import permits for mushrooms, but never one for garlic, justice Gregory Geason said during the conviction on Tuesday in the Hobart Supreme Court.

& # 39; (Your) behavior created risks & # 39; s for all agricultural activities, & # 39; he said.

One shipment was intercepted and destroyed by officials in October 2015 and Ware then received a warning letter from officials (inventory)

One shipment was intercepted and destroyed by officials in October 2015 and Ware then received a warning letter from officials (inventory)

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One shipment was intercepted and destroyed by officials in October 2015 and Ware then received a warning letter from officials (inventory)

Ware pleaded guilty to 10 charges last week, including aggravated illegal import of plant material, and resigned as chairman of the Australian Garlic Industry Association.

& # 39; The board strongly condemns any behavior that endangers biosafety or the Australian agricultural industry & # 39 ;, the association said in a statement.

Ware is eligible for release after two months, provided she accepts $ 2000 and behaves well for three years.

Xylella fastidiosa, native to America, blocks the ability of plants to absorb water and has reportedly eradicated one million olive trees in Italy.

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