Revealed: Device Retailer The Good Guys To Close Three Stores After A BEETLE Is Imported From Thailand To Australia
- The Good Guys closed three stores under a government biosafety order
- Traces of the Khapra beetle have been found in cargo shipments from Thailand
- The beetle, which is not found in Australia, is extremely destructive to cereals
One of the most destructive beetles in the world is responsible for the closure of three The Good Guys stores after being imported in a shipment of refrigerators from Thailand.
The electrical retailer confirmed that three stores in the Canberra area have closed and that the beetle has also been traced to the Home Delivery Center in Sydney.
“The Good Guys are working with the Department of Agriculture over traces of a Khapra beetle found Tuesday in a refrigerator supplier at The Good Guys Fyshwick (ACT),” the company said in a statement Friday.
The Ministry of Agriculture has tracked a number of freight shipments after the highly destructive Khapra beetle (pictured) was found during a shipment to Australia from Thailand
WHAT IS A KHAPRA BEETLE?
Scientific name: Trogoderma granarium
Description: 1.6 to 3 mm long, reddish brown color, covered with dense hair.
Found where: Asia and the Middle East
Why they are a threat: Known as one of the most invasive species in the world.
They can survive for weeks without food and thus can be imported in cargo.
They can contaminate dried grain and seed products and destroy vast amounts of crops.
The company also said Belconnen and Tuggeranong stores have also closed while the Sydney branch currently remains open.
Customers near these stores are advised to go online or place orders over the phone while the biosecurity threat is assessed and deliveries from other stores are arranged.
Earlier on Friday, Australian Border Security closed the Electrolux Home Products Distribution Center in southwest Sydney after the same beetle was discovered in a shipping container.
The bugs were also found in refrigerator packs at the distribution center.
While the beetles are not dangerous to humans, they are incredibly destructive to agricultural crops – and the potential cost to the industry is estimated at $ 15.5 billion.
The Federal Ministry of Agriculture said several recent cargo shipments are being investigated for Khapra beetle infestation.
The detections were in non-food products such as refrigerators and car parts, but also in risky food products such as spices and flour.
Australia does not have the beetle in the country and the department is currently tracking shipments in an effort to cover their tracks.
The Good Guys are working with the Department of Agriculture on traces of a Khapra Beetle detected at The Good Guys Fyshwick (photo)