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Source: Sydney Morning Herald  Australian News    25/02/2007 11:18:02
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Quarantine inspectors must immediately ban the importation of raw prawns to prevent the spread of disease into Australian crustacean stocks, industry experts have warned.

 

The Australian Prawn Farmers Association (APFA) warned that government testing of imported raw prawns late last year found 100 per cent were carrying exotic diseases, such as the white spot syndrome virus.

 

These diseases, APFA warned, could quickly devastate the Australian industry.

 

In submissions to quarantine regulator Biosecurity Australia's draft import risk analysis (IRA) on raw imported prawns, APFA executive officer Scott Walter said strict interim importation conditions needed to be introduced immediately.

 

"Australia is an island nation with a mainland coastline of 36,000km, including the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, with many species of crustaceans that are vulnerable to exotic disease," Mr Walter said.

 

"Australia's disease-free status is highly valued and well worth defending in the interests of future food production and preserving native seafood resources for future generation.

 

"It is entirely responsible of the quarantine watchdog to put the onus on importers to prove that product they are bringing into this country is not carrying diseases when the CSIRO has estimated these diseases have an economic impact of $15 to $30 billion internationally."

 

Mr Walter said that most of the diseased prawns coming into Australia had originated from China, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia.

 

He added the IRA did not propose the banning of all imports, and that heat-treated prawns would be accepted without question.

 

He said these proposals would be more in line with other countries including Mexico, Colombia and Nicaragua, which all have mandatory disease testing of frozen prawn imports.


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