FRUIT FLY EGGS IN MANGOES THREATEN FIJI EXPORTS

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SUVA, Fiji (November 25, 1997 - PACNEWS)---Fiji's mango sales to New Zealand are under threat after the discovery of fruit fly eggs in 155 cartons of fruit in Auckland.

The Ministry of Agriculture in New Zealand has place a temporary ban on the importation of Fiji mangoes pending further investigation, The Fiji Times reports.

The ministry's international operations coordinator for plant imports, Kevin Nalder, said in Wellington that ministry experts now are in the process of determining if the eggs found are from a species of fruit fly that could endanger New Zealand fruit crops. If they are, he added, it then will have to be decided what course of action must be taken.

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