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Prawn risks probed

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May 24, 2017

The department announced on Tuesday last week it was undertaking a review of the import conditions for prawns and prawn products for human consumption.

Biosecurity risks posed by imported prawns will be probed as part of a review by Australia’s Department of Agriculture.

The department announced on Tuesday last week it was undertaking a review of the import conditions for prawns and prawn products for human consumption.

It follows confirmation of the highly contagious white spot disease at seven prawn farms on the Logan River in December and January, sparking fears for Australia’s $350million-a-year industry.

Authorities said in March tests would be carried out at farms all the way up the Queensland coastline, with a ban placed on the removal of uncooked prawns and other crustaceans from parts of the state’s south-east.

Movement controls were also applied to Moreton Bay for three months in a bid to stem the spread of the virus.

More than 19000 samples were taken from wild prawns and crabs with a ‘‘comparatively small number of positive results’’, the Federal Government advised in April.

Uncooked prawn imports were suspended on January 6 this year.

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