1 Sep 2011

MAF keen to see that no more NZ apples rejected

1:14 pm on 1 September 2011

The Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry is keen that no more consignments of New Zealand apples destined for Australia, are rejected due to the presence of foreign material or insects.

The rejection of a parcel of apples last week, followed an inspection of fruit at a Hawke's Bay packhouse by a member of the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service, which turned up a small piece of leaf and a dead insect.

MAF says the discovery was disappointing.

But import and export standards director Tim Knox says pre-clearance inspections regularly take place for fruit and vegetables being exported to, or imported from Australia, and consignments failing because they don't meet the required phytosanitary standards, are not uncommon.