China has placed an import ban on kiwi berries as part of a biosecurity risk assessment process, the Ministry for Primary Industries says. The fruit are similar in size to grapes but resemble kiwifruit and have a smooth, edible skin. An MPI spokesman said China had placed a temporary suspension on imports of kiwi berries. “This is because China intends to conduct a risk assessment of kiwi berries for biosecurity purposes,” he said…Full Article: NZ Herald Mar 2016

Key Point

  • From 2011 to 2015, China imported approximately 99 MTs of kiwi berries (Actinidia arguta) from New Zealand.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In February 2013, New Zealand confirmed that the 2010 outbreak originated from China.
  • In November 2012, approximately 68% (only 26% in 2011) of the country’s kiwifruit orchards were adversely affected by the disease.
  • In November 2010, New Zealand’s North Island kiwifruit orchards began suffering from Psa (bacterial kiwifruit vine disease) outbreaks.

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