... African swine fever and foot and mouth disease virus fragments were detected in multiple pork products seized at international mail centres in Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne… Nearly 200 pork products were seized over periods in December, January and February, with 24 per cent testing positive positive for ASF virus fragments and one per cent testing for FMD virus fragments…

 

 

Serious agriculture diseases including ASF and FMD intercepted at international mail centres

 

Jenne Brammer, The West Australian (AU)

6 April 2021

 

COVID-19 travel restrictions have curbed the number of food products containing serious agricultural diseases being brought into Australia by incoming passengers.

 

But high risk products are still being intercepted at international mail centres, including Perth.

 

African swine fever and foot and mouth disease virus fragments were detected in multiple pork products seized at international mail centres in Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne, the Federal Government has revealed.

 

Nearly 200 pork products were seized over periods in December, January and February, with 24 per cent testing positive positive for ASF virus fragments and one per cent testing for FMD virus fragments.

 

Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said the products posed significant risk to Australia.

 

FMD was considered the biggest animal disease threat to Australia’s agriculture, he said...

 

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