Australian Panel Upholds Decision To Allow Pig Meat Imports

by 5m Editor
11 May 2004, at 12:00am

AUSTRALIA - The Import Risk Analysis Appeal Panel has upheld Biosecurity Australia's decision to allow pig meat imports from several countries. The panel has also dismissed all appeals lodged against the decision.

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According to Julie Doyle, "Five appeals were lodged against the decision to allow pig meat imports, on the grounds that the risk of diseases coming into Australia was too great."

Another appeal from an Italian Veterinary Service argued the protocols on pork imports were too tough. However, the appeal panel has rejected these.

The country's director of quarantine, Mike Taylor, has signed a new policy allowing pig meat imports as long as countries meet strict conditions with regards to disease control.

Currently there are 11 applications pending from countries wanting to send pork to Australia. The countries include the United States, the European Union, Mexico, Korea and Brazil.

Source: eFeedLink - 10th May 2004

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