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Failed biosecurity laws to blame for white-spot outbreak

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A new report has found that major failures of biosecurity laws likely led to the outbreak of white spot disease among south-east Queensland prawn farms in late 2016.

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APFA welcomes report on the effectiveness of biosecurity controls

Inspector-General of Biosecurity Dr Helen Scott-Orr’s independent report revealed a failed import biosecurity system and systematic rorting of import conditions led to the outbreak.

Dr Scott-Orr found the biosecurity risk of uncooked prawns was poorly managed, and numbers of front line inspection staff had dropped by 25 per cent over the last five years.

The Australian Prawn Farmers Association president Matt West welcomed the findings and said they are a “step forward in the right direction”.

“We will use this information in our discussions with government and the Department to inform the prawn risk review currently being undertaken,” he said.

“But right now, our focus is business as usual by ensuring there are plenty of beautiful Australian prawns for Christmas and our people are working hard to deliver the usual top quality premium Australian prawns.”

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