Larvae and adult Mediterranean fruit flies have been found for the
first time in China in an imported empty box, the General Administration
of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China said recently, chinanews.com reported on Tuesday.
According to a statement on its official website, the administration
said the staff of the Beilun administration of quality supervision,
inspection and quarantine in Ningbo city, Zhejiang province, found the
insect samples in an empty box imported from the United States. Tests
identified the sample as the Mediterranean fruit fly, a dangerous pest
not before found in China.
The Mediterranean fruit fly originates in West Africa and is known to harm some 400 fruits and vegetables.
to the Guangdong
Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau of China,
the first time Mediterranean fruit fly was intercepted was in 1993.
From then to 2012, GDCIQ has already successfully intercepted a total of
141 batched of Mediterranean fruit fly in arriving passengers carrying
fruits and vegetables, accounting for more than 80%.