Biosecurity officials mystified by lone Whangarei fruit fly, won’t change port protocols

Sun, 09 Feb 2014

By Olivia Bascand Feb. 10 (BusinessDesk) – Biosecurity officials say they can’t explain the appearance of a single male Queensland fruit fly caught in Whangarei, since no produce is imported directly through the city’s port. Biosecurity officials on Saturday ended a two-week trapping programme without finding any more of the flies, which pose a major threat to New Zealand’s $1.5 billion-a-year fruit export industry. “We still don’t know how it got here,” Lesley Patston, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Primary Industries. “It could have co...

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