21 July 1995

Cauli wasps wont do any harm:BGA

THE Brassica Growers Association has reassured consumers that the record levels of small wasps finding their way to market on cauliflowers, cabbages and other brassicas are in fact a sign of "good wholesome fresh produce".

Under integrated crop management the wasp, diaeretiella, is used to kill the mealy cabbage aphid. The past two mild winters have caused a huge rise in the aphid numbers, which explains the increase in wasp numbers said the BGA.

It adds that the wasps which find their way through the retail chain are harmless, and only need to be washed off under the tap. "The diaereteillla are a sign of nature, on good wholesome fresh produce," insists the association.