Date of Issue: 19 September 2016
Date of Effect: Immediate
Industries - Seafood
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources - Central and Regional offices
Affected Markets: Hong Kong
Further information: Please contact Exports if you have queries.
This market access advice (MAA) replaces FISH MAA 2016-04 issued on 24 March 2016, which advised of the implementation of Hong Kong’s import ban on mussels sourced from the Spring Bay harvest area, Tasmania.
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has been advised by Hong Kong’s Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department that the import ban on Australian mussels sourced from the Spring Bay harvest area has been lifted as of 6 September 2016. The department has resumed issuing export certification for mussels harvested from Spring Bay on or after this date to Hong Kong.
CFS have advised that mussels sourced from Spring Bay will continue to be subjected to a biotoxin test and release regime until CFS is satisfied there is no food safety risk.
The department will advise industry of any further developments through the distribution of market access advices.
The information provided above is current at the time of writing and is intended for use as guidance only and should not be taken as definitive or exhaustive. The Commonwealth endeavours to keep information current and accurate, however, it may be subject to change without notice. Exporters are encouraged to verify these details with their importers prior to undertaking production/exports. The Commonwealth will not accept liability for any loss resulting from reliance on information contained in this notice.