Sh*tloads of mangoes have been recalled 'cos they're infested with fruit fly larvae

Sorry, South Australia — no mangoes for you.

By Jessica Chandra

Delicious, sweet, juicy, ripe mangoes have gotta be one of the best things about summer in Australia. They're like a healthier dessert alternative in the warmer months. TBH, they just make everything better.

But this summer, it seems a lot of people won't be getting their share of happiness-inducing mangoes.

In some of the saddest news we've heard in a really long time, more than 120,000 mangoes that were shipped from Queensland to South Australia have been recalled because - oh dear God, I hate that I have to write this - they discovered a bunch of them have fruit fly larvae in them.

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According to the Daily Mail, Biosecurity South Australia told a distributor to recall all produce from the affected grower - some mangoes were still in storage, but some were already on shelves and had been bought by customers.

They first discovered there was a larvae issue through a customer, actually, who alerted Biosecurity SA after discovering there was something funky going on once they cut into their mango.

"The importer has elected to fumigate the product still on hand, however, given the seriousness of the infestation a full recall from shelves has been ordered," said Biosecurity SA chief executive Will Zacharin.

"We will be suspending further consignments and following up with the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries as to why pre-delivery treatment of the fruit, as required under an import verification compliance arrangement, appears to have failed."

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Now, if you're worried your mango (or any piece of fruit) has fruit fly larvae in it, you'll be able to tell. But just in case, here's what to look out for.

"They are very small white larvae, smaller than a blowfly larvae... and they will be quite obvious to you when you cut the fruit open," said Mr Zacharin. "If they are there you will see them moving around under the fruit material under the skin."

We have kindly decided not to include a photo in case you're eating, and because it's just gross.

And if you do discover larvae in your mango, Mr Zacharin has advised that you take the following action: put the infected fruit in a sealed plastic bag and call the fruit fly hotline on 1300 666 010 - don't throw it out, or return it to the store where you bought it.

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"We will come and pick it up because we need to try and trace every infected mango that may have come into the state [South Australia]," Mr Zacharin said.

For the moment, the infected mangoes have only been reported in South Australia. Everyone else, you should be good... for now.