19 February 2004
Biosecurity Australia has circulated a final import risk analysis (IRA) report relating to proposed imports of pig meat.
The final IRA report identifies quarantine pests and diseases associated with pig meat, and recommends import conditions.
The report addresses diseases of quarantine concern, including foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), African swine fever (ASF), classical swine fever (CSF), Aujeszky’s disease, porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) and post-weaning multisystemic wasting syndrome (PMWS).
The final IRA report recommends that pig meat may enter Australia under strict quarantine requirements, depending on the source country’s disease status. Quarantine risk management measures may include:
- country, zone or herd freedom;
- testing of the carcass;
- cooking, freezing, curing, canning; and
- removal of certain tissues or parts of the carcass.
The management measures do not differ substantially from those proposed in the draft IRA report.
For most pig producing countries, the product will need to be cooked or cured and bone and major lymph nodes removed, or be imported into Australia with bone and major lymph nodes removed, and then cooked or cured in Australia.
Stakeholders have until 22 March 2004 (30 days) to appeal in writing if they consider there was a significant deviation from the process set out in the Import Risk Analysis Handbook, or a significant body of science was not considered.
The final IRA report is available on the Biosecurity Australia web site at www.daff.gov.au/BiosecurityAustralia.
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