[12 December/ NZ Herald]

The New Zealand apple industry was still not sure of the cost of a fungicide contamination which has threatened to destroy 35 hectares of apples in Hawke’s Bay. The contamination could potentially lower the value of the export harvest by several million dollars. The fungicide caused russet on apple skins, knocked apples of trees prematurely, and damaged leaves. Adama New Zealand Chief Executive, David MacGibbon said he was devastated by the impact on growers of the apple.