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Call for calm over prawn imports

Australian Fisheries Minister Senator Eric Abetz has called for calm over the issue of prawn imports to Australia.

“The Government is very concerned about protecting our prawn stocks and our domestic prawn industry,” the Minister said.

“Biosecurity Australia’s revised draft Import Risk Analysis will be available for public comment within the next couple of months.

“In the interim, I am advised Biosecurity Australia considers that all necessary action is being taken to prevent diseased prawns from coming into Australia.

“All imported consignments of uncooked whole or head-off prawns are tested by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) for whitespot syndrome, and if the disease is found, appropriate action is taken.

“In addition, health certification is required from the relevant government authority in the exporting country.

“Any decisions the Government makes on this matter must be based on science.

“A knee-jerk banning of these imports without a proper scientific analysis simply will not happen. It would potentially open Australia up to criticism for imposing artificial trade barriers, and could negatively affect our own export industry.”

DAFF06/056A 6 June 2006

Further inquiries:

Senator Abetz’s office: Brad Stansfield 0419 884 666

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