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Importation of canned pigmeat



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PRESS STATEMENT BY THE COMMONWEALTH MINISTER FOR HEALTH,

• Dr* A.J. FORBES

IMPORTATION OF CANNED PIGMEAT

The importation of canned pigmeat to Australia will not

necessarily be limited in future to Great Britain, Canada, New

Zealand, Northern Ireland and the United States, as it has been

since 1965,

The Minister for Health, Dr. Forbes, said that under ■

a Proclamation gazetted today administrative arrangements had been

made under which special permission could be granted for other

countries to export canned pigmeat to Australia, provided they

could meet additional specified requirements. These would cover

animal health and the conditions under which pigmeat had been canned,

including heating procedures in manuf act lire. The new arrangements

had been introduced at the request of countries such as Denmark

and Holland, who were confident their canned pigmeat exports would

meet all Australia’s requirements. Dr. Forbes said there was no

quarantine reason why a country should be denied access to the

Australian market if it could be clearly established that it was

able to satisfy fully Australia’s exacting conditions,

. Dr. Forbes said Australia’s requirements had been set

out in detail in a brochure which would be made available to overseas

governments and exporters. These requirements were stringent in a

number of important respects and there would be no question of

quarantine risk in importations from a country which was able to

satisfy them.

Dr. Forbes said permission to import from countries

affected by these new arrangements would in all cases be subject

to the approval of the Director of Quarantine.

Canberra, September 27, 1968.