8 August 1997

Colorado beetles in Greek imports

COLORADO beetles have been discovered in a lorry load of fruit and vegetables imported to the UK from Greece, and MAFF has warned farmers to be on the look out for the black-and-white striped insects which can devastate potato crops.

Scores of beetles were found on the lorry when it was opened for unloading at Harwich, Essex, last weekend. A MAFF official said the fruit and vegetables, including potatoes, had been impounded and would be inspected further.