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หัวข้อ: Virus fears prompt ban call on raw prawn imports
เริ่มหัวข้อโดย: Nicaonline ที่ มกราคม 06, 2007, 03:20:51 PM
New concerns over the possibility of viruses found in imported raw prawns has led the Queensland's prawn farmers to fear for the $100 million a year industry.


Jan Jarratt, State Member for Whitsunday, says the $600 million Queensland prawn  industry is fearful that white spot and taura viruses could spread into the state's wild and farm prawn stocks before Biosecurity Australia enacts strong quarantine measures and has demanded an immediate ban on imported raw prawn meat.  This call echoes that of WA Minister for Fisheries, Mr Ford, who made a similar call late last year.

Ms Jarratt says the need for action is real and immediate requiring that action must be taken now, not after February 21 when the formal industry consultation period ends.


"We don't want to wait for the 90 days for the consultation period," she was quoted as having said.


"We've established the risk, the risk is serious in defence of our domestic industry.


"We would like Biosecurity Australia to take serious consideration of an immediate ban on the importation of these products.


Scott Walter, Australian Prawn Farmers Association president, came out in support of the Queensland Government's call for an immediate ban.


Mr Walter says Australia is one of a handful of countries free of the viruses that have devastated the industry in Asia, Central and South America which also have a capacity to adversely impact on mud crab and swimmer crab stocks.


"The ban [has] basically been called for uncooked prawns, so cooked prawns can still come in and any country that can actually declare itself clear of the viruses that are of concern to us can still export green prawns to Australia as well as new Caledonia," he was quoted by national media.