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Have you ever snuck a banana past the customs check point at the airport? Shame on you! It may seem harmless to smuggle just one little apple into a country; after all, what if you need a snack on the way to the hotel? On the contrary, officials in New Zealand are shaking their heads after an illegal piece of fruit left them with an expensive pest control bill.

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"We assume that what's happened is that someone has brought a piece of fruit in. It could have been through the airport, or the port.” This seemingly innocent task carried in fruit flies, an invasive pest that cost them nearly NZ$1m per insect killed, which is the equivalent to $668,000. Worth every penny, considering a potential outbreak could put New Zealand's agricultural industry and unique eco-system at risk.

 

So the next time you try to sneak a fruity snack into a foreign country, think of this story and maybe you’ll reconsider. 

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