Investigation tracking fruit fly
A GRAPEFRUIT that was bought from a southern Tasmanian business and contained fruit fly larvae has been found to have been treated in and supplied from Victoria.
Biosecurity Tasmania general manager Lloyd Klumpp said the discovery of larvae in the grapefruit, which was reported by a member of the public on Sunday, does not require the establishment of an exclusion zone.
Dr Klumpp said the interstate fruit supplier had been temporarily suspended and all suspect produce had been removed from the retailer involved.
“This isn’t an outbreak of the pest in Tasmania but a detection in produce from an interstate market and doesn’t require the establishment of an exclusion zone,” he said.
“This detection triggers an investigation of the processes that have been used to identify what may have enabled the larvae to reach this point of the system.”
The DPI is liaising with Victorian authorities about the source of the fruit.
PEST CONCERNS: Fruit fly larvae has been spotted in Tasmania.