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NSW Suspends Imports Of Tasmanian Abalone

13 December 2011, at 12:00am

AUSTRALIA - The New South Wales Government has implemented a temporary suspension on imports of live abalone from Tasmania after laboratory results indicated that abalone stock imported to a NSW premises from a Tasmania supplier is infected with Abalone Viral Ganglioneuritis (AVG).

There is no evidence that AVG has any effect on human health.

NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) Fisheries Officers attended the infected premises on 24 November and collected a number of unhealthy abalone.

NSW DPI traced the product on 23 November and found that live abalone had been imported via an infected processing plant in Tasmania to NSW. The Tasmanian plant was confirmed as infected on 16 November.

NSW DPI Fisheries Officers have also conducted compliance inspections on a number of other locations where abalone were held for human consumption across NSW and collected a number of abalone for testing.

NSW DPI is implementing biosecurity protocols to decontaminate the infected tanks.

AVG is a viral disease which affects the nervous system of abalone and results in curling of the foot, swelling of the mouth, weakness and death of abalone.

AVG affects both blacklip and greenlip abalone.

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