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Recall of mangoes after fruit fly larvae discovered

Thursday 14 December 2017

Biosecurity SA has required a recall of all mangoes from shelves supplied from a producer in Queensland following confirmation of infestation with Queensland fruit fly larvae.


Biosecurity SA has required that the distributor recall all produce from the affected grower which is still in storage or on supermarket shelves.  This includes all produce sent to SA since the 1 December 2017.

This detection does NOT constitute an outbreak of fruit fly. The situation is being closely monitored in accordance with the National Fruit Fly Code of Practice.

Public information

  • Fruit fly can destroy crops and gardens.
  • The recall applies to material that is still on supermarket shelves.
  • People should check any mangoes they may have for signs of larvae.
  • Do NOT return the mangoes to place of purchase— call the Fruit Fly Hotline 1300 666 010 for advice.

Quotes attributable to Executive Director, Biosecurity SA, Will Zacharin

The larvae were discovered in a mango purchased from a business in Adelaide. On further investigation, we determined it was from a large batch of fruit provided by a distributor that supplies numerous stores in South Australia.

Quick action from a member of the public alerted us to the heavily infested fruit.

I cannot stress enough how important it is to check your fruit, especially if it has come from interstate. If you see anything unusual—any signs of larvae or maggots—place the fruit in a sealed bag or container and contact the Fruit Fly Hotline on 1300 666 010.

The importer has elected to fumigate the product still on hand however given the seriousness of the infestation a full recall from shelves has been ordered.

We will be suspending further consignments and following up with the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries as to why pre-delivery treatment of the fruit, as required under an import verification compliance arrangement, appears to have failed.

Background

Thanks to rigorous and highly responsive biosecurity measures, South Australia is the only mainland state in Australia that is fruit fly free.

In 2016–17 the estimated farm-gate value of the state’s horticultural produce vulnerable to fruit fly infestation – including wine grapes and almonds – was $1.25 billion.

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