Queensland fruit fly: officials lift controls on fruit and vegetable movements

The Ministry for Primary Industries has confirmed that all restrictions on the movement of fruit and vegetables in Whangarei were lifted last night.

MPI Deputy Director General, Compliance and Response, Andrew Coleman, said this marked the milestone where two weeks of trapping, fruit sampling and testing is completed.

The final results from trapping and fruit examination had been received and no further sign of the Queensland fruit fly found in the Whangarei area.

New Zealand’s fruit fly-free status remains intact, as it had throughout this response, Coleman said.

There was no further need for residents in the area to be restricted in their movements of produce.

The ministry a fortnight ago put in place a 1.5 km diameter controlled area around where a single male Queensland fruit fly was found in a surveillance trap in the suburb of Parihaka.

The move was precautionary while the ministry carried out intensive checks for any further flies.

But the lifting of controls did not signal the end of work in the area, Coleman said.

The ministry will continue with its routine fruit fly surveillance programme, with an additional 33 traps left in high-risk locations.

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