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NZ: Fears kiwifruit could be tainted with lubricant

New Zealand Herald: Zespri has put 1.7 million trays of export kiwifruit on hold after traces of mechanical lubricant were found on some plastic tray liners, sparking concerns some fruit could be at risk of contamination. The contaminant on the Chinese-manufactured liners was spotted during the kiwifruit packing process and forced the unloading of a ship docked at the Port of Tauranga.

In a statement released today, Zespri said it had the affected kiwifruit had been put on hold while it investigates further. The fruit was still within Zespri’s distribution system so none is available to the public. The affected 1.7 million trays represents about one per cent of Zespri’s total forecast volume for 2016.

Read the full article at the New Zealand Herald website