NZ partially lifts banThis article was originally published in Foodnews
NEW ZEALAND's MAF Biosecurity (MAFBNZ) has partially lifted the suspension imposed on 21 May, on imports of fresh produce from Queensland. Imports from the Australian state had been suspended after live cucumber fruit fly eggs (Bactrocera cucumis) were found on rock melon in a container from there also containing zucchini (courgettes) and beans. MAF Biosecurity said that after reviewing Queensland's biosecurity measures it was lifting the suspension on all produce, except rock melon and zucchini, while the ban on these products would remain in place until the Australian Quarantine service completed its investigation. Outbreaks of the destructive Queensland fruit fly had been detected earlier in the week at Hillston and Goolgowi in south-west New South Wales. Both areas are within the Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone. Fruit fliesare one of the biggest threats to New Zealand's horticulture industry.