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Australia eases shrimp imports with exempt for certain goods

Staff Writer |
The Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has loosened its temporary suspension of the import of uncooked prawns and related products.

The department’s Director of Biosecurity has agreed to exempt certain goods from the suspension order that went into effect on January 9, including dried prawns and shelf-stable prawn-based food products; irradiated bait for aquatic use; pet fish food and aquaculture feed; and uncooked prawns sourced from Australia’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

Australian-caught prawns are not exempt if they have been exported to another country for processing, said the notice.

The notice states that this exemption is a result of the department’s ongoing work to resume the safe trade in uncooked prawns and prawn products as soon as possible.

This work includes an assessment of the bio-security risk presented by white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) on uncooked prawns and uncooked prawn products.

The Director of Bio-security agreed with the conclusion of the assessment that these goods pose a very low risk of introducing prawn diseases into Australia, including WSSV.

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