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Subject: Giant African Snail (Achatina fulica) intercepted at Port of Auckland, New Zealand
Date posted: March 09, 2004
Source: Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
In New Zealand at the Port of Auckland, 21 live Giant African Snails (Achatina fulica) were intercepted on a container shipment from Wallis and Futuna Islands. Numerous Giant African Snail eggs were also discovered. This snail, with its extensive host range, is considered one of the most damaging land snails. After removal from the vessel, the eggs and snails were destroyed, and the vessel was fumigated.

For the whole story, visit the following website:
http://www.maf.govt.nz/mafnet/press/230204snail.htm?print

For additional information on Achatina fulica, see the PAS Pest Alert, and the Official Pest Report.

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