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Staff at the Yamba quarantine station have discovered larve infested fruit and stopped a potential disaster from entering the Riverland.

The larvae were discovered on five separate occasions by inspectors at the Yamba Quarantine Station who check every car entering South Australia on the Sturt Highway. Fruit fly larvae were uncovered in a peach, cherry tomato, figs and dragon fruit.

Local Member, Tim Whetstone said “It only takes one piece of infested produce to cause widespread devastation to the Riverland horticulture industry and its communities.

Mr Whetstone has also responded to claims from some city based Labor MP’s suggesting the zero tolerance approach may be too serious, with the local member saying  “It is time the Labor Party gave up its opposition to the zero-tolerance policy and stopped undermining our government’s efforts to strengthen agricultural Biosecurity”