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ORLANDO, Fla. - Fearing a Medfly outbreak, agriculture officials in Florida ordered Friday that all Spanish Clementines be pulled from grocery stores across the state, The Associated Press reports.
The decision came after dead Medfly larvae were found in some of the fruit in a Gainesville grocery store. The Medfly is considered one of the most destructive pests in the world, according to the AP. It lays eggs that grow into maggots in several fruits and vegetables.
Thousands of cartons of Spanish Clementines are believed to have been distributed in Florida.