In­ves­ti­ga­tion track­ing fruit fly

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - News -

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.

PHOTO: FILE

PEST CON­CERNS: Fruit fly lar­vae has been spot­ted in Tas­ma­nia.

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