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11 April 1997
Japan has advised that from Monday 14 April it will lift the restrictions on all fruit exported from New Zealand, which were imposed last year after the discovery of
Mediterranean fruit fly in the Auckland suburb of Mt Roskill. In its move Japan accepts that the Ministry of Agriculture's programme to eradicate Mediterranean Fruit Fly (Medfly) from the Auckland area has been successful.
This means that all fruit sourced from outside the quarantine zone heading for Japan market no longer has to be exported in insect proof containers if passing through the 15 kilometre radius quarantine zone around the original fruit fly find. Also all export fruit produced within the zone will no longer require special post-harvest fruit fly requirements.
MAF understands that in reaching its decison, Japan considered data forwarded by the Ministry just prior to Easter and was confident that three generations of fruit fly had now been completed with no new finds. This had been a condition of Japan lifting its restrictions.
Japan's decision means that all of New Zealand's major export fruit markets have now resumed normal trade.
Media inquiries to:
Dr Stephen Ogden, Acting Chief Plants Officer (04) 474 4164
Dr Ruth Frampton, National Advisor Plant Pest Surveillance (025)350801
Debbie Gee, Manager, Corporate Communications (04) 474 4258