Taiwan suspends imports of French apples

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18 October 2007, TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan has suspended imports of apples from France after a harmful moth larva was found in a shipment, authorities said Thursday.

18 October 2007

TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan has suspended imports of apples from France after a harmful moth larva was found in a shipment, authorities said Thursday.

The codling moth larva -- which can do extensive damage to apples and pears -- was discovered Tuesday in a shipment of GALA apples at the northern Keelung harbour, said Chang Shih-yang, of the animal and plant health inspection bureau.

"We have notified the French government to stop shipping apples to Taiwan before their quarantine measures are improved," Chang said.

This was the first time the bureau had found codling moth larva in shipments from an European country, he said.

Taiwan imported 117,715 tonnes of apples last year, only 586 tonnes were from France.

AFP

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