Thai shrimp exporters fear new health rules in Australia

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
8 February 2007, at 12:00am

BANGKOK - Thai shrimp farmers have urged the government to speed up negotiations with Australia over its proposed health and safety standard before it comes into effect on February 21.

Dr Surapol Pratuangtum, president of the Thai Marine Shrimp Farmers' Association, said he feared the new measure would act as another technical barrier for shrimp exports from Thailand, the largest supplier in the Australian market.

Australia has recently released a draft import risk analysis (IRA) paper about new standards imposed on shrimp imports. It requires certifications to guarantee that Thai shrimp products are free from marine diseases.

Earlier, Thailand’s Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives said that it would set up an ad hoc working group to prepare information on Thai shrimp and farming standards for submission to Biosecurity Australia before the new rules are enacted later this month.

Source: TNA English News