New Zealand: Fruit fly larvae discovery halts mango and lychee imports from Taiwan

New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries said they found the larvae on a consignment of the fruits last Friday; the next day it was confirmed as oriental fruit fly. The fly has been found at the border before but never elsewhere within New Zealand.

According to, imports of lychees and mangoes from Taiwan that are vapour heat treated have been suspended while an investigation takes place. Shipments arriving at the border will be held, with the option of destroying the produce or shipping it back.

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