Imported prawns refused after testing positive to white spot disease
Following last year’s white spot outbreak in South East Queensland, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources introduced a temporary ban on raw imported prawns. Since the ban was lifted on July 6, new import conditions have come into effect, which includes new testing measures at the border to support the safe resumption of trade in uncooked prawns and prawn meat.
Australian Prawn Farmers Association (AFPA) president Matt West said it was very concerning to see three consignments test positive to the disease but said it is heartening to know the government has stopped them from passing through Australian borders.
“APFA believe the only way to reduce the risk and keep crustacean diseases out of our country is to continue testing 100 per cent of all consignments at our borders,” he said.
“One year on from the disease outbreak, our industry has responded to, and continually responds to, an extreme crustacean disease event. Although not their fault, the Logan farms have unselfishly and voluntarily shut down for a fallowing period to drive the disease out of the country.”
West called on the Australian public to support the industry by buying Aussie prawns this Christmas.
“We are working hard to build our industry back up so that we can continue to supply top quality, locally grown Australian prawns to the Australian community,” he said.
“We call on Government to do everything possible to protect the Australian prawn industry.”