Back on 11th January we reported on the spread of the ‘white spot’ disease in the prawn industry. On 1st March the Department of Agriculture & Water Resources issued an update.
Prawn farmers on the Logan River in southeast Queensland have had to destroy stock worth more than $25 million since ‘white spot’ was detected there in November. The Australian Prawn Farming Association is demanding an urgent Senate Inquiry on the matter, while also exploring class-action lawsuits against importers and the Government, who ignored their warnings about the illegal importation and use of green prawns over many years.
The update notice issued by the DAWR is of interest to importers of prawns and uncooked prawn meat products, logistics providers and associated industry participants and retailers.
They have detailed these changes:
The Director of Australian Biosecurity has agreed to exempt the following goods from the suspension:
- Uncooked prawns and uncooked prawn meat harvested within Australia (other than the area in Logan River to which the movement control order relates), and sent to the External Territories.
- Uncooked prawns and uncooked prawn meat harvested from the External Territories, and imported into mainland Australia; or moved between the External Territories.
- Uncooked prawns harvested within Australia (wild caught in Australian territory other than the area to which the movement control order relates) exported to Thailand for processing in a facility approved by Thailand’s Department of Fisheries and re-exported to Australia.
- Uncooked prawns and uncooked prawn meat imported into Australia (1) as transshipped goods for outgoing passenger vessels engaged in international travels; (2) as laboratory or food samples for analysis.
Where applicable, import permit holders will be advised that their goods are no longer subject to the suspension.
Exemption commences 6 March 2017.
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