Media releases 2017 Jan - Jun

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Media statement: Federal agriculture department suspends uncooked prawn imports795609/01/2017 07:47:414160http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx07/01/2017 07:16:2206/01/2017 13:00:00The Director of Biosecurity has suspended uncooked prawn imports. The Director took this action in response to information from the department that the level of risk associated with uncooked imported prawn had become unacceptable.
No definitive source of prawn disease has been found745513/01/2017 04:35:302419http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx13/01/2017 04:27:3212/01/2017 13:00:00The Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources continues to work collaboratively with the Queensland Government to determine the origin of the outbreak of white spot disease in prawn farms in south-east Queensland.
Tick of approval for Australian biosecurity legislation implementation829924/01/2017 02:01:271632http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx24/01/2017 01:56:4123/01/2017 13:00:00The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has welcomed a report by the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) that outlines the successful implementation of Australia’s new biosecurity legislation in 2016.
Recognising two of our outstanding public servants791027/01/2017 05:32:252610http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx27/01/2017 05:26:4326/01/2017 13:00:00Two of the department’s Senior Executive Staff, Nicola Hinder and Matthew Koval, were awarded Public Service Medals (PSMs) as part of the Australia Day Honours List.
Agricultural cooperation with China set to benefit from funding round613110/02/2017 05:24:5910288http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx10/02/2017 05:18:1209/02/2017 13:00:00The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources are seeking applications from Australian farm businesses and organisations looking to undertake projects and trade missions to boost the agricultural trading relationship between Australia & China in 2017.
Media statement: Department's action on imported prawns657009/02/2017 22:53:285663http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx09/02/2017 08:01:4409/02/2017 13:00:00The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is aware of media reports about white spot disease in Australia.
Goog news: first Australian eggs reach Korea701413/02/2017 04:28:275042http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx13/02/2017 04:22:3912/02/2017 13:00:00​Fresh Australian eggs have cracked the South Korean market, with the first shipment reaching the consumer market.
Disease early-warning system to be established in Timor-Leste675427/02/2017 22:27:472962http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx27/02/2017 22:22:2927/02/2017 13:00:00A sentinel herd early warning system is being established in Timor-Leste, as part of a broader effort to boost biosecurity surveillance and analysis and protect Australia’s valuable livestock industries and exports.
Department stretches its commitment to reconciliation656903/03/2017 05:10:394012http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx03/03/2017 05:04:4702/03/2017 13:00:00The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources today launched ‘Growing Reconciliation: Reconciliation Action Plan 2017-2019’ and along with it a renewed commitment to reconciliation in the organisation and across its sphere of influence.
Innovative businesses helping to make water market and biosecurity challenges a BRIIze715022/03/2017 04:14:503349http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx22/03/2017 04:10:1021/03/2017 13:00:00Nine small and medium businesses will share in more than $800,000 in initial grant funding to develop innovative solutions to challenges in water markets and biosecurity, as part of the Australian Government’s Business Research and Innovation Initiative.
Creepy crawly cargo caught out656003/04/2017 22:22:014411http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx03/04/2017 22:14:0003/04/2017 14:00:00A biosecurity sneaker has been sprung attempting to smuggle a dangerous combination of live reptiles and arachnids in a box marked ‘2 pair shoes’.
Keeping biosecurity risks out of the nation’s capital717104/04/2017 01:48:071677http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx04/04/2017 01:43:5103/04/2017 14:00:00A painted coconut face, large mushrooms and a pine cone kiwi bird wearing a Santa hat arrive at Canberra Airport—there’s no punchline here though, just a series of biosecurity risks seized in the first six months of international flights.
Horse disease response levy consultation finalised702406/04/2017 22:01:434743http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx06/04/2017 03:04:0805/04/2017 14:00:00The department today released the Horse Disease Response Levy Review consultation report, following public consultation with horse industry stakeholders on the existing horse levy for emergency disease responses.
Invasive snails kept off our rails722211/04/2017 01:24:052983http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx10/04/2017 21:42:5510/04/2017 14:00:00Biosecurity staff in Melbourne have intercepted and identified an obscure invasive snail species, which is spreading through southern states of the United States, usually along railway lines.
Reciprocal recognition of food safety with USA of mutual benefit 790820/04/2017 01:55:203294http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx18/04/2017 04:39:1817/04/2017 14:00:00Australian exporters are in a significantly stronger position as preferred suppliers of safe, high quality food to the United States of America (USA) after the signing of a bilateral Food Safety Recognition Agreement this month.
Department’s action on imported prawns - update April 2017657120/04/2017 04:13:055585http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx20/04/2017 03:51:0419/04/2017 14:00:00The department continues to take appropriate steps to support Queensland in managing the current outbreak of white spot disease.
Turkish delight as crocs take flight815401/05/2017 00:16:172557http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx01/05/2017 00:09:3030/04/2017 14:00:00Two 50–year–old Australian saltwater crocodiles have successfully been exported to an aquarium and underwater zoo in Turkey, thanks to the efforts of our staff to meet the importing country requirements.
Getting to the core of airport biosecurity630303/05/2017 02:02:107497http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx03/05/2017 01:54:0002/05/2017 14:00:00Australia’s biosecurity officers seized more than 273,000 items of biosecurity concern at Australia’s international airports in 2016, up by more than 6 per cent from 2015.
Travelling from SE Asia? Check your closed toad shoes!821911/05/2017 00:20:422495http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx11/05/2017 00:13:1910/05/2017 14:00:00Most travellers come to Australia with a spring in their step, but a recent arrival at Cairns Airport has taken that expression to a whole new level!
A reminder of the importance of Australia’s biosecurity import conditions720512/05/2017 10:00:094164http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx12/05/2017 09:26:2911/05/2017 14:00:00The recent media coverage of the destruction of herbaria specimens being imported by the Queensland Herbarium serves as a timely reminder of the importance of Australia’s biosecurity requirements.
Australia leads international efforts to protect vital domestic industries from deadly plant pest608316/05/2017 04:14:537818http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx16/05/2017 01:24:0815/05/2017 14:00:00Experts from across the globe will come together on 17–19 May to share knowledge and strengthen Australia’s defences against one of the world’s most devastating plant pests, Xylella fastidiosa.
Review of import conditions for prawns and prawn products809416/05/2017 04:14:222352http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx16/05/2017 03:59:2215/05/2017 14:00:00The Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is undertaking a review of the import conditions for prawns and prawn products for human consumption.
Airport biosecurity concerns spike on the Gold Coast621324/05/2017 01:25:0912003http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx23/05/2017 00:38:5422/05/2017 14:00:00Australia’s biosecurity officers seized more than 6,760 items of biosecurity concern from the Gold Coast Airport in 2016, up 15 per cent from 2015.
Shipment bugged by stinky stowaways no match for biosecurity officers819623/05/2017 01:25:277076http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx23/05/2017 00:32:1722/05/2017 14:00:00Biosecurity officers have detected six brown marmorated stink bugs, an exotic pest that could severely damage Australian horticultural crops, in a consignment of timber from the USA that arrived in Port Adelaide earlier this month.
Media statement: Update on white spot disease in prawns, 1 June 2017831401/06/2017 06:39:162460http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx01/06/2017 06:33:0231/05/2017 14:00:00The department has continued to assist Queensland with the response, all ponds on all farms have been emptied and the response is nearing completion. About 20 thousand samples from the Logan River area and Moreton Bay have been tested.
Soaring passengers, biosecurity confidence in Cairns811301/06/2017 23:31:353392http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx01/06/2017 23:26:3401/06/2017 14:00:00The number of biosecurity risk items seized by Australian biosecurity officers at Cairns International Airport decreased by 11 per cent in 2016.
Biosecurity eggspurts say don’t whisk it642205/06/2017 03:14:55http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx05/06/2017 01:43:0704/06/2017 14:00:00Biosecurity officers at the Sydney mail centre scrambled to contain a potential biosecurity threat after intercepting a parcel that contained number of fertile eggs earlier this month.
Cheetahs given biosecurity all-clear, despite bout of spots662307/06/2017 01:14:013418http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx07/06/2017 00:45:1606/06/2017 14:00:00Contrary to their incriminating species name, four law-abiding cheetahs from the UK checked into quarantine at the Darling Downs Zoo last month, and have today been given the biosecurity all-clear.
Media statement: Planned changes to import conditions for uncooked prawns786015/06/2017 05:12:172525http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx15/06/2017 05:07:2514/06/2017 14:00:00The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is working to develop interim import conditions to allow the safe resumption of trade in uncooked prawn and prawn meat.
Biosecurity continues to strengthen under new legislation641316/06/2017 22:53:237009http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx16/06/2017 22:33:0016/06/2017 14:00:00One year since the most comprehensive overhaul of national biosecurity in more than a century came into force, the health of Australian farms, families, flora and fauna is being protected through stronger and more effective legislation than ever before.
Fake building blocks hide real biosecurity risks707521/06/2017 02:50:392713http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx21/06/2017 02:39:4720/06/2017 14:00:00Authorities from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) and the Australian Border Force (ABF) have intercepted 50 turtles and lizards, concealed in an international mail consignment from Indonesia on 9 June 2017.
Strategic water acquisition in lower Darling 724821/06/2017 06:54:285325http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx21/06/2017 04:16:1320/06/2017 14:00:00On 20 June 2017 the Commonwealth contracted to acquire 21.9 GL (17.8 GL LTAAY) of gap-bridging water in the New South Wales Lower Darling catchment from Tandou Limited.
Perth biosecurity seizures top the nation775522/06/2017 02:27:253930http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx22/06/2017 02:23:2321/06/2017 14:00:00Australian biosecurity officers at Perth International Airport seized more than 22.4 tonnes of biosecurity risk items from arriving passengers in 2016, a 38 per cent increase on 2015 rates.
Australia adopts another Kiwi as one of our own608823/06/2017 21:29:428153http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx23/06/2017 21:15:3123/06/2017 14:00:00Gari, a Fiordland crested penguin has today left the confines of her isolation unit at Taronga Zoo to join her new friends in the penguin display.
Shrewth! A shrewd discovery785429/06/2017 00:35:047266http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx29/06/2017 00:23:1428/06/2017 14:00:00A stowaway shrew caught trying to eschew Australia’s biosecurity laws was tamed by shrewd airport and biosecurity staff at Perth’s International Airport earlier this month.
Stakes run high with biosecurity risks at Adelaide airport803429/06/2017 03:28:181514http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx29/06/2017 03:17:2328/06/2017 14:00:00Biosecurity officers confiscated an increasing number of meat products from incoming passengers at Adelaide’s international airport during 2016, contraband that could potentially butcher Australia’s biosecurity.
Media statement: Enhanced import conditions for uncooked prawns to take effect from 7 July685529/06/2017 23:23:503635http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx29/06/2017 22:43:1229/06/2017 14:00:00The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has established strict new import conditions to support the safe resumption of trade in uncooked prawns and prawn meat.​

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