[2 August/Stuff]

According to Biosecurity NZ, a fruit fly could have devastated New Zealand’s horticulture industry if it wasn’t discovered at Auckland Airport. It came on undeclared food from Malaysia last month. Biosecurity NZ Passenger Manager, Craig Hughes, said many horticulture crops were susceptible to attack by fruit fly. Affected crops could be inedible or subject to trade restrictions if the fly became established in New Zealand. He added more than ten fruit flies had been found at the border by Biosecurity officers this year and they were on high alert. Mr Hughes noted it was about protecting New Zealand from an invasive pest that could harm an industry worth $5 billion. The passenger was fined $400 for failing to declare the food.