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Ban imported prawns says Senator.



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Len Harris, Senator for Queensland

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Ban imported prawns says Senator

In 1984 the slip-line was 'throw another shrimp on the barbie!' In 2004 it's 'throw another industry on the scrap heap!' Exactly two decades after Paul Hogan's famous 'shrimp on the barbie' tourist campaign, the Australian government has abandoned our

prawn industry. The delicate crustacean that helped lure thousands of tourists to our shores in the 1980's is under threat from cheap Chinese imports. Frozen Chinese 'vannamei' prawns are being labelled and sold in Australia as 'Tiger prawn', 'Fresh King prawn', 'Paradise Prawn', 'Banana prawn' or 'Pacific White prawn'.

One Nation Senator Len Harris is calling for: • An immediate ban on imported prawns that are directly competing with Australian wild caught or farmed prawns.

• A 400% tariff on all other imported prawns.

• Emergency funding for an Australian seafood marketing campaign to promote the quality and freshness of Australian products.

• Reforms to abolish centralised seafood marketing. Replace the current system with regional seafood markets, preserving local economies and communities.

Taking Action: • Consumers, you can ask your local supermarket and fish shop not to purchase imported seafood from the wholesaler.

• Encourage the establishment of local cooperatives to break the monopoly

• Restaurants and caterers: you can buy and promote local seafood, your customers will appreciate the superior quality.

• Write letters expressing concerns about imports to newspapers and magazines and to your Federal Member of Parliament and State Senators as well as Trade Minister, Mark Vaile. For details of how to contact your federal political representatives consult The Harris Handbook at

http://www.senatorlenharris.com.au/actioncentre/harris_handbook.htm

• Phone Talk Back radio to express your point of view.

Human Health dangers The Chinese prawns are farmed in artificial environments and high levels of medicinal residues have been found in prawns destined for Australia. Out of 56

batches tested by AQIS, five were found to contain unacceptable levels of the banned antibiotic nitrofuran.

Nitrofurans are synthetic broad-spectrum antibiotics used in some countries in human and veterinary medicine. This class of drug has been prohibited for use in food products in most countries due to public health and safety concerns in relation to the carcinogenic potential of either the parent compounds or their metabolites. There are 4 main nitrofuran chemicals: furazolidone, furaltadone, nitrofurantoine and nitrofurazone. ( Source: Quarantine and Export services http://www.affa.gov.au/content/output.cfm?ObjectID=936DE5D7-276F-423A-90430E4E30DBA66C)

The European Union prohibited the use of nitrofurans in food producing animals in 1995, the USFDA prohibited the topical use of nitrofurans in 2002 and Australia prohibited the use of nitrofurans in food production in late 1992. Therefore, there is no maximum residue limit for nitrofurans in food products listed in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (FSC), and any detectable level is illegal.

Further Details: Senator Harris 07 4092 3194 or 0429 871 008

Ian Marston Electorate Officer for Senator Len Harris