Mango imports from a treatment facility in Mumbai has been temporarily suspended, while Biosecurity NZ investigates a fruit fly discovery.
"The suspension follows the detection of fruit fly larvae and eggs during a routine inspection of a mango consignment at the border, showing that New Zealand’s biosecurity controls are working well," A statement from the Ministry for Primary Industries said.
The find was made at a secure border cargo facility in Auckland, and an investigation is now underway to ensure any issues are rectified.
The statement said, "As part of our strict biosecurity rules, New Zealand requires consignments of mangoes from countries with known fruity fly populations to be treated before they are exported."
In previous years; 81,356kg of mangos were imported to New Zealand in 2018, 66,999kg were imported in 2019 and in 2020 (to date) NZ has received 30,646kg of mangoes from India.
Treated mangoes from other facilities can still be imported to New Zealand, including from India.