A Tasmania-wide alert has been issued after a nectarine certified as being "fruit fly-free" was found infested with larvae at a retail store in Devonport, sparking a recall of that supplier's produce from the shelves of retail outlets across the state.
It means any apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, capsicums, cherries, figs, grapefruit, mulberries, nashies, nectarines, oranges, peaches, peaches, pears, plums, raspberries, strawberries and tomatoes in Tasmania that have passed through the Victorian facility must be withdrawn from sale in Tasmania. Authorities are yet to name the Victorian facility and it is not yet known if Victorian produce will also be affected.
For every new detection of larvae or adult flies, Tasmania's growers face a reset back to a three-month waiting period to discover if the species had taken hold and spread.
The movement of fruit between the states relies on the Interstate Certification Arrangements, and Biosecurity Tasmania said it had a system of audits and checks in place. In a statement, Biosecurity Tasmania said the nectarine from Victoria was detected as part of its standard operations.
All purchased produce* is safe to cook or eat. However, when rotten or old produce is discarded, it must be double-wrapped in plastic bags before putting it in
the bin. It should not be composted or dumped.
Check produce for larvae and any suspect produce should be reported to Biosecurity Tasmania on 6165 3774.
There is no need to return any fruit to the store where it was purchased.
* Host fruits include apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, capsicums, cherries, figs, grapefruit, mulberries, nashis, nectarines, oranges, peaches, pears, plums, raspberries, strawberries and tomatoes.
For further information, visit the DPIPWE website.
(From ABC News - 22 February 2018)