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Fruit fly find prompts Auckland lockdown

John Kerr posted in on February 19th, 2015.

The discovery of solitary male Queensland fruit fly in the Grey Lynn area of Auckland has biosecurity authorities on high alert and prompted a lockdown on the movement of fruit and vegetables in the area. The fly was found in a Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) surveillance trap on Monday night and 1.5 kilometer control […]

UPDATED: Potential Hep A contamination of fruit – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on March 15th, 2014.

The Ministry for Primary Industries is warning consumers there is a small chance that fruit from a Hawkes Bay packhouse may have been contaminated with the Hepatitis A virus. In media statement issued yesterday, MPI Deputy Director General Scott Gallacher reassured consumers that the  risk of transmission of the virus is relatively low, but MPI […]

Fruit and veges change skin colour – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on March 8th, 2012.

Fruit and vegetable consumption is correlated with changes in skin redness and yellowness. In a new study published in the journal PLoS ONE,   Scottish researchers investigated whether the amount of fruit and vegetables eaten affects skin color. They found that skin redness and yellowness increased with increasing fruit and vegetable consumption over a period […]

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