Fruit fly scare over

Last updated 09:47 08/02/2014
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Restrictions on the movement on fruit and vegetables in Northland have been lifted after a fruit fly scare.

Controls were put in place after a single male Queensland fruit fly was found in Whangerei two weeks ago.

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy said  no other fruit fly had been found in the area since and it appeared to be an isolated incident.

"This detection is a very rare event and shows we have a high-performing biosecurity system," he said.

"I want to thank the people of Whangarei for their support and patience over the last two weeks.

"Locals have been very supportive of this operation. They realise how important it is to treat this response seriously and their co-operation has been great."

Guy added that the agencies involved had been searching carefully for any signs of further fruit flies, which involved extra trapping and fruit collection through a temporary laboratory.

"Biosecurity is my number one priority as minister. In the last year and a half around 100 new quarantine inspectors and more detector dog teams are working on the frontline and we have new X-ray machines installed at our international airports," said Guy.

"We've also brought in Government Industry Agreements which, once signed, will involve industry and Government working together on preparation and response to these kinds of threats."

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