Consumer

Growers, exporters, and retailers all share the same goal: to get high-quality apples and pears into the hands of consumers.

FAQs

Australia’s apple and pear industry is a complex system of businesses, people, and technology, all working together to ensure high quality fruit is produced and orchards are safely, efficiently and ethically.

Here, we answer common consumer questions about apple and pear production, how orchards are run, and how you can help to keep Australian orchards free of pests and disease.

If you have a general enquiry about the apple and pear industry, contact APAL via our online contact form.

  • Who are seasonal farm workers and where do they come from?
  • Is there a shortage of seasonal farm workers?
  • How do growers recruit seasonal workers?
  • What is APAL doing to help protect workers?
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  • How much pesticide remains on apples and pears by the time a consumer gets them?
  • If 98% of apples/pears pass residue testing, does this mean some apples/pears have levels of chemical on them that are dangerous?
  • Do the same standards apply to imported apples and pears?
  • Do I need to peel my apples?
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  • Is the wax on apples dangerous?
  • Does that mean palm oil is used on apples?
  • Where can I buy unwaxed apples?
  • What other fresh produce is waxed?
  • How can I tell if an apple is waxed?
  • Should I peel my apples?
  • How do you get the wax onto apples?
  • Why can I see a white coating on my apple?
  • Isn’t shellac used to polish wood? What are the other uses of these waxes?
  • I am vegan; can I eat waxed apples?
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