The industry body for stonefruit growers is reassuring international customers of NZ's Covid-free status, after China reportedly found the virus on fruit packaging. File photo / Warren BucklandBy RNZThe industry body for stonefruit growers in New Zealand is reassuring international customers of our Covid-free status, after the virus was reportedly found on fruit packaging in China. Summer Fruit chief executive Richard Palmer said the Ministry for Primary Industries had not been advised by Chinese authorities that the detection was in any way connected with New Zealand fruit. He said the summerfruit industry had rigorous food safety procedures in place, including the monitoring of staff health for Covid-19. "With strict food safety and quality processes in place, and the country free of Covid-19, New Zealand fruit represents the safest possible source of fresh fruit, a reputation our industry strives to maintain."
Source: New Zealand Herald January 23, 2021 22:18 UTC