Does Barnaby Joyce know what his Department is doing?

So that Barnaby Joyce cannot plead the “I knew nothink” defence again, below is information his Department released yesterday about the conduct of a review into the importation of prawns and prawn products, and changes to the suspension arrangements.

Yesterday Barnaby Joyce’s Department announced a review of prawns and prawn products and an update on the temporary suspension of uncooked prawns and uncooked prawn products.

Amazingly six months after the outbreak in the Logan River Barnaby Joyce’s Department has finally decided to undertake a review into the importation of prawns and prawn products.

 In addition to the review, the Director of Biosecurity has varied the Biosecurity (Suspended Goods – Uncooked Prawns) Determination 2017 to allow importation of:

  • Uncooked prawns and uncooked prawn meat that is marinated for human consumption (uncooked marinated prawns) are exempt from the suspension.

For importers that hold existing import permits for marinated product that were affected by the suspension:

  • These import permits will remain suspended until further notice. The department will vary these import permits to include new import conditions on a country by country basis, only after it has received assurance that the competent authorities in exporting countries can comply with the import conditions. The department will contact import permit holders individually when it is ready to vary relevant import permits.

For importers wishing to apply for new import permits for marinated product:

  • The department will only accept import permit applications after it has received assurance that the competent authorities in exporting countries can comply with import conditions. Further industry advice notices and BICON alerts will be provided when the department is ready to accept applications from specific exporting countries.

The exemption was enacted following a review of the biosecurity risks associated with uncooked marinated prawns, which concluded that White Spot Syndrome Virus (WSSV) risk for this pathway falls within Australia’s appropriate level of protection subject to a number of risk management measures being met.

We hope that this advice ensures Barnaby Joyce knows what his Department is doing with regards to biosecurity arrangements of the importation of prawns.

 


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