Western 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. The magistrate also awarded court costs to the defendant in the order of $20,000.
The charge arose from a Department of Agriculture and Water Resources notice to Serana to supply information about imported Foetal Bovine Serum (FBS).
The department’s investigations into FBS imports remain ongoing and the department is unable to comment further on other matters related to the investigation at this time.