Media releases 2017 Jul - Dec

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In brief: sentence for illegal egg imports802503/07/2017 05:43:172098http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx03/07/2017 05:36:4302/07/2017 14:00:00A Canberra man who was intercepted at Sydney International Airport in 2015 attempting to import three fertile chicken eggs in his pockets and underwear has today been fined $660 in the Queanbeyan Local Court
Check for hopportunistic hitchhikers662205/07/2017 23:11:4410052http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx05/07/2017 23:07:4905/07/2017 14:00:00A disoriented foam-nest tree frog from Zambia who mistook a man’s luggage for its foamy-nested home was discovered in June and referred to biosecurity officers in Sydney.
Darwin passengers make a meal of biosecurity664807/07/2017 00:23:475835http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx07/07/2017 00:19:2906/07/2017 14:00:00The increasing number of biosecurity contraband items seized at Darwin International Airport in 2016 poses a risk that should concern all territorians.
Partnering for excellence in biosecurity758907/07/2017 01:11:044283http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx07/07/2017 01:05:5406/07/2017 14:00:00The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is set to continue its collaboration with the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis (CEBRA), with the Australian Government allocating $7.2 million over the four years to 2020–21.
Illegal reptile smuggling ring lands conviction and $2000 fine720009/07/2017 22:52:583694http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx09/07/2017 22:47:1509/07/2017 14:00:00Gisborne, Victoria resident Craig James Pender was this week convicted and fined $2000 for importing exotic reptiles into Australia in contravention of the Quarantine Act 1908.
Stamping out anti-biosecurity practices in the ACT823810/07/2017 21:39:513280http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx09/07/2017 22:29:4509/07/2017 14:00:00Potentially harmful exotic ants have been seized from a Canberra home, as part of an investigation into their attempted sale on Gumtree.
Brisbane passengers slip on biosecurity643412/07/2017 03:37:259709http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx12/07/2017 01:47:2511/07/2017 14:00:00​​Australian biosecurity officers seized more than 33,000 items from global travellers arriving at Brisbane international airport in 2016, a rise of 2 per cent on 2015 figures.
Pest cargo?766219/07/2017 02:25:403683http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx19/07/2017 02:00:3518/07/2017 14:00:00Alert biosecurity officers at the Sydney Mail Centre intercepted two packages containing 13 live Helix pomatia snails from the Ukraine—commonly known as Roman snails or escargot, and delicious smothered in garlic butter.
Sydney biosecurity takes off825124/07/2017 00:35:212384http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx24/07/2017 00:17:5023/07/2017 14:00:00International travellers arriving at Sydney International Airport recorded a one per cent rise in the number of biosecurity risk items seized in 2016, despite an 8.8 per cent rise in the number of passengers.
A national approach to better combat biosecurity threats 761425/07/2017 23:17:263040http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx25/07/2017 23:06:4125/07/2017 14:00:00The National Biosecurity Committee (NBC) has endorsed new national biosecurity Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) priorities, giving a more unified, strategic and nationally-consistent focus to biosecurity research.
New committee to review Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock762427/07/2017 00:22:071848http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx27/07/2017 00:17:4026/07/2017 14:00:00​​The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is establishing a technical advisory committee to conduct a review of Australia’s Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) and is seeking suitable applications for membership.
Seriously biosecurity risks mite be nesting in your luggage752130/07/2017 23:03:203864http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx28/07/2017 01:12:5227/07/2017 14:00:00Returning Australians are being reminded of the need to follow our strict biosecurity laws, after an Australian resident returning from the United States had three robin nests seized.
Media statement: White spot syndrome virus testing at retail outlets823702/08/2017 22:25:576290http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx02/08/2017 07:22:4601/08/2017 14:00:00​The department is aware of research conducted by the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) on white spot testing at retail outlets.
Stellar biosecurity helping Australia live long and prosper819208/08/2017 01:53:422846http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx08/08/2017 01:28:2707/08/2017 14:00:00Biosecurity officers in Sydney recently intercepted packets of galactic tomato seeds imported from Italy, which had previously been launched into space and returned to Earth in the Columbus space shuttle.
Hitchhiking bugs cause a stink712731/08/2017 22:35:352170http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx31/08/2017 22:10:4431/08/2017 14:00:00Emergency measures introduced in 2014 to prevent an exotic stink bug establishing itself in Australia were so successful that similar measures have been implemented annually during the highest risk period for this pest, from 1 September to 30 April.
Spike in illegal cactus imports prickles biosecurity officers802726/10/2017 04:07:092876http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx04/09/2017 01:34:3803/09/2017 14:00:00Staff at our mail centres and airports have been bristled by a sharp increase in the number of cacti and succulent interceptions, with nearly the same number seized in the first half of year as the entirety of 2016.
High price for concealing foreign fruit, seeds and nuts655105/09/2017 03:44:067229http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx05/09/2017 03:32:5904/09/2017 14:00:00A man who was intercepted at Cairns Airport in 2016 attempting to smuggle fruit, seeds and nuts taped to his abdomen was last week fined a total of $1600 at Tully Magistrates Court.
New ballast water laws to protect Australian shores638107/09/2017 22:38:535913http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx07/09/2017 22:05:3707/09/2017 14:00:00From today, Australia’s coastal and marine environments will enjoy stronger protection as an international treaty and new laws requiring better ballast water biosecurity come into force.
Nominations for the 2018 Australian Biosecurity Awards now open745610/09/2017 22:06:579298http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx07/09/2017 23:41:0710/09/2017 14:00:00Every Australian can now nominate individuals and businesses who have made outstanding contributions to the protection of our $60 billion agricultural industries and the health of our animals, plant and people through the 2018 Australian Biosecurity Award
Media statement: Bovine serum investigation—update, 14 September 2017642814/09/2017 03:19:535288http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx14/09/2017 03:15:0213/09/2017 14:00:00The Perth Magistrates Court will soon hear a matter involving Western Australian biotech company, Serana (WA) Pty Ltd.
Reeling in gillty biosecurity offenders780714/09/2017 03:26:471980http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx14/09/2017 03:03:5513/09/2017 14:00:00A male international passenger recently cast themselves into a sea of trouble after trying to bring live fighting fish, snails and shrimp into the country.
‘Zero by Thirty’ – the fight to eradicate rabies31156628/09/2017 03:06:213309http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx28/09/2017 02:59:3827/09/2017 14:00:00The global community is uniting to stop human rabies related deaths, with the theme of this year’s World Rabies Day being ‘Zero by Thirty.’
Media statement: Bovine serum investigation—update33028123/10/2017 22:53:043463http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx20/10/2017 05:15:0519/10/2017 13:00:00Western Australian biotech company Serana (WA) Pty Ltd has been acquitted on a charge of providing a False or Misleading Statement contrary to section 70C(1) of the Quarantine Act 1908.
Detector dog sniffs out risky plant haul at Sydney Airport33218625/10/2017 02:52:483107http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx25/10/2017 02:43:3824/10/2017 13:00:00Six bags of live plants, bulbs, seeds, fungi and soil were among a haul of biosecurity risk items intercepted during a search on a couple arriving at Sydney International Airport last week.
Royal honour for Australian-bred horses33313730/10/2017 01:15:113553http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx30/10/2017 01:11:1429/10/2017 13:00:00Australian-bred horses were exported to Thailand earlier this year to participate in the Cavalry Honour Guard for the Royal Cremation Ceremony for His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on 29 October 2017.
Media statement: Exports to China to resume for six Australian meat establishments33344130/10/2017 23:14:553490http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx30/10/2017 23:08:2130/10/2017 13:00:00​​The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources welcomes the lifting of the suspension for import inspection of six Australian meat establishments.
Plant Innovation Centre to grow Australia’s biosecurity capacity50801/11/2017 02:46:46http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx01/11/2017 02:42:4631/10/2017 13:00:00A new Plant Innovation Centre (PIC) was launched at the Mickleham Post-Entry Quarantine (PEQ) facility today, which will improve the nation’s capacity for addressing current and future plant biosecurity risks.
Melbourne Cup horses on home stretch after completing biosecurity33423202/11/2017 00:30:154072http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx02/11/2017 00:02:1401/11/2017 13:00:00With just five days until the race that stops the nation, all 26 international competitors flown in for the Melbourne Cup Carnival have now completed their biosecurity clearances.
Media statement: Update on prawn consignments imported under enhanced import conditions33482102/11/2017 23:13:182925http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx02/11/2017 05:13:4002/11/2017 13:00:00The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources established strict new import conditions and inspection and testing measures at the border to support the safe resumption of trade in uncooked prawns and prawn meat.
Biosecurity tramp-les invasive ant risk at Queensland port31351510/11/2017 01:28:092603http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx08/11/2017 23:08:5708/11/2017 13:00:00Departmental biosecurity officers worked collaboratively with industry and the Queensland Department of Agriculture to successfully manage a recent detection of tramp ants at a Brisbane Port.
Reducing water use is WELS underway33615410/11/2017 04:26:023419http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx10/11/2017 01:22:1209/11/2017 13:00:00Efforts to reduce urban water use under the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme are being stepped up with a fresh focus on obligations in the building and property development industry.
Hop-hikers caught web-handed31250113/11/2017 02:18:222323http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx13/11/2017 02:12:4612/11/2017 13:00:00A trio of adventurous amphibians’ plans to relocate from the United States to Australia, by hiding in a container, have been foiled by biosecurity officers in Victoria.
Producers urged to reconsider animal health management34275317/11/2017 02:45:132458http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx17/11/2017 02:37:1216/11/2017 13:00:00An innovative piggery in Young has proven successful in reducing the use of antibiotics, without compromising the health and productivity of its stock.
Australia equipped to pip plant thrips threat35048429/11/2017 23:54:442065http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx29/11/2017 23:33:4429/11/2017 13:00:00Australia is taking steps to strengthen its plant biosecurity measures, with the release of a comprehensive analysis of a significant plant biosecurity risk to better inform future plant import conditions.
Media statement: Inspector-General of Biosecurity white spot review35462612/12/2017 21:45:222318http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx12/12/2017 04:09:1611/12/2017 13:00:00​The Inspector-General of Biosecurity provides a valuable independent perspective and is one of the critical mechanisms to assess and improve how we manage Australia’s biosecurity.
Biosecurity staff rule out fowl play with bird found at Sydney Airport35582313/12/2017 23:14:001976http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx13/12/2017 23:08:3013/12/2017 13:00:00The department has managed a potentially serious biosecurity threat to Australia’s bird and human health, following the discovery of a blue and gold macaw at Sydney airport on 3 December 2017.
Allowing trade to flourish organically36116902/01/2018 22:26:176945http://www.agriculture.gov.au/Pages/Forms/Checked out to me.aspxhtmlFalseaspx21/12/2017 23:18:0921/12/2017 13:00:00International demand for premium organic produce is on the rise, and the Australian Government is reviewing regulations on the export of organics to ensure Australian producers can take full advantage of these opportunities.

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