Fruit fly con­trols eased

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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