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Industry Split Over Antibiotics in Prawns

AUSTRALIA - A dispute has broken out between Australian farmers and importers about whether prawns with traces of antibiotics should be allowed into Australia.

A maximum residue limit has been requested by the Food and Beverage Importers Association for imported prawns which it says will bring Australia into line with other international standards.

According to ABC News Australian prawn farmers are pushing for any prawns with a trace of antibiotics to be stopped at the border.

Nick Georgouras from Nickolas Seafoods at the Sydney Fish Markets. He sells a combination of Australian wild and farmed prawns, and imports from Thailand.

"The imported prawns fill a place - they're bigger if you want them bigger, they're convenient because they're frozen, we can buy them in by the tonne and we have a continuity of supply," he said.

Mr Georgouras says consumers are conscious about what they eat and would prefer their prawns free of antibiotics, preservatives or additives.

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Ellen Hardy

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