All imported raw prawns to be pulled for white spot testing; fears that prices will rise

There are fears the price of prawns is about to go “through the roof” following a decision by the Federal Government to recall all imported raw prawns. The importation of green, or uncooked, prawns into Australia was suspended in January, but prawn farmers have expressed concern diseased prawns were still being sold. An email from the Department of Agriculture to prawn industry stakeholders, obtained by the ABC, said all imported prawns were now being withdrawn so they could be tested for white spot disease. “The decision to secure all uncooked prawns imported prior to the suspension was not taken lightly, and will not be in place longer than necessary,” the email said.

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