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Australia sets new rules for exports of prawns

Staff Writer |
On December 1, 2016, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources of Australia notified the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) of the confirmed detection of White Spot disease (white spot) in black tiger prawns (Penaeus monodon) in South East Queensland.

An exporter declaration is required confirming the prawns are free from white spot.

Effective February 2,, 2017, the following declaration must be made when raising a request for permit to export prawns.

"The prawns in this consignment have not been sourced from a farm or fishing zone where white spot disease has been confirmed."

The department reminds exporters that any declarations made to the Commonwealth must be true and accurate. False declarations may result in prosecution.

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