A Launceston resident has found fruit fly larvae in an imported nectarine, one day after control zones were lifted in the North and North-West.
The shopper notified Biosecurity Tasmania of the find on Thursday, the same day producers in the North-West were celebrating the lifting of the control zones.
Biosecurity Tasmania general manager Lloyd Klumpp said it was important to note the detection wasn’t considered an outbreak of the best and wouldn’t affect Tasmania’s reinstated pest free status.
However, the find has triggered an immediate response and investigation to how the nectarine had gone so far down the supply chain and reached Tasmania.
“The suspect produce has been removed from stores and Biosecurity Tasmania is undertaking trace-back and trace-forward investigations which have so far determined that the fruit was most likely part of a consignment of nectarines from a single importer,” Dr Klumpp said.
Dr Klumpp said occasional detections of fruit fly are made in produce post-border and responded to.
“An essential part of an effective biosecurity system is also a community that is knowledgeable and actively supporting positive biosecurity outcomes,” Dr Klumpp said.
Suspected fruit fly reports can be made to Biosecurity Tasmania via the Fruit Fly Hotline on (03) 6165 3774.