Fly-ridden fruit traced to Bundy

A BUNDABERG mango grower is under investigation after fruit fly larvae were found on fruit that had been sent to Tasmania.

The slip-up means that all Queensland-grown mangoes will be given a physical inspection as well as requiring the usual certification, until quarantine officers are satisfied the incident was a one-off.

“We can confirm the infested mango in Tasmania was treated for Queensland fruit fly by a business in the Bundaberg region,” a Biosecurity Queensland spokesman said.

“Biosecurity Queensland is currently working with the business to investigate treatment procedures used in growing the mango crop and in the packing shed.”

He said it was too early to provide further information while the investigations continued, but encouraged consumers who found unusual infestations in fruit to report it to their local Department of Agriculture.

Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers chairman David DePaoli said the error should not reflect badly on the professionalism of growers in the region.

“Bundaberg and district growers are very professional and adhere to all the protocols, but occasionally things do go wrong,” Mr DePaoli said.

“It can happen anywhere.”

He said growers were well aware of their obligations under quarantine regulation.

“We will have to wait and see the results of the investigation to determine what went wrong,” he said.

Mr DePaoli said growers may not be adversely affected, particularly as the mango season was drawing to a close.

“It will cause a little bit of heartache, but the situation will be investigated and rectified and hopefully it won’t happen again,” he said.

The infested mango was found on January 12 in a small shipment of fruit that had been sent to Launceston.

With strict quarantine laws in place, there have been no reported fruit fly infestations in Tasmania in the past 80 years.

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