United States Lifts Restrictions On New Zealand Export Fruit

2 April 1997

The United States agreed today to lift the restrictions on all fruit exported from New Zealand, which were imposed after the discovery of Mediterranean fruit fly last year in the Auckland suburb of Mt Roskill.

In its move the United States 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 the United States market no longer has to be exported in insect proof consignments if passing through the 7.2 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.

The United States decision was based on the following:

  • The relatively cool climate in the Auckland area which makes it difficult for the Medfly to complete even two life cycles in a year.
  • The sustained Malathion bait spray programme that MAF conducted in the affected area.
  • The lack of detections of Medfly since May 23, 1996, despite the presence of a comprehensive, well maintained and documented Medfly detection programme in the area.
  • Adequate regulatory control that prevented the spread of the pest during the eradication programme.
  • An on-going national surveillance programme for Medfly.

Media inquiries to:
Richard Ivess, Chief Plants Officer (04) 474-4127
Dr Ruth Frampton, National Advisor Plant Pest Surveillance (025)350801



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