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NZ kiwifruit pumped with antibiotic

Posted by te2ataria on May 28, 2012

Desperate kiwifruit growers inject their crops with the antibiotic streptomycin

Kiwifruit growers from Te Puke region have admitted illegally injecting their crops with the antibiotic streptomycin in order to stop the spread of PSA bacteria.

“… farmers that are illegally using streptomycin are injecting it into the vines at a much later stage which means that the fruit will contain residues.”  University of Canterbury toxicology professor Ian Shaw told APNZ.

The illegal use of streptomycin also had the potential to create antibiotic-resistant bacteria, he said.

About 94 per cent of kiwifruit produced in New Zealand is exported. In 2009, the kiwifruit export volume topped 365,000 tonnes, worth NZ$1.304 billion.

The outbreak of PSA bacteria, which was first discovered on New Zealand kiwifruit orchards in November 2010, has so far cost the industry about $900 million.

A large number of New Zealanders won’t touch their national fruit with a bargepole!

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