Fruit fly controls eased
SHOPPERS can now take fresh produce outside the fruit fly zone if it is bought from approved retailers.
Grey Lynn was put under a fruit and vegetable lockdown after a male Queensland fruit fly was found in February.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has now relaxed the restrictions by releasing a list of approved retailers who can sell fruit and vegetables that can be taken outside of controlled suburbs.
Customers can only take the produce out of the zone if it is purchased from an MPIapproved retailer and is kept sealed in a supermarket bag until they have left the area.
Both of Grey Lynn’s Countdown supermarkets have been approved, as have three retailers from Grey Lynn Farmers Market and 11 other stores.
Approved retailers are required to put in place precautions in buying, transporting and selling fruit and vegetables to prevent the spread of the fruit fly.
This list will be updated as MPI works through the approval process with other retailers in the area.
Fly traps will still stay in place for several months despite the restriction easing, MPI director of response Ver- onica Herrera says.
‘‘We believe we will be working in the area until at least the end of November and we will need the community’s support for the long haul.’’
Fourteen adult Queensland fruit flies have been located within the controlled zone since February. The last fly was found on March 6 and the last larvae in fruit collected from the area on March 13.
Queensland fruit fly traps will stay in place until at least November despite fruit and vegetable restrictions easing in Grey Lynn.