19:35 15 October
The fight with African swine fever
The fight with African swine fever Sydney
A 45-year-old Vietnamese woman tried to bring more than 4 kg of undeclared and uncooked pork and other food with her to the airplane. It was the first traveller from another country, who had been deported under a new law intended to keep African swine fever out of the country. The woman was stopped at the airport to check her luggage, where it was found 4.6 kg of pork, half a kilo of eggs, fruit, garlic and seafood. The uncooked pork is especially dangerous because of widespread fever.
Recently the Migration Act has changed and now allows governments to cancel visitor visas up to three years, who violate the grounds of biosecurity. The Agriculture Minister says, African swine fever was one of the main factors in toughening the law. The ASF is, probably, the worst disease for animals and agriculture. That's why, carriers, who transport undeclared meet may not come to Australia for 3 years now. "We need to keep our pest-and-disease-free status as a country, strong," says Federal Agriculture Minister. She said Australia needed to make sure that the disease did not reach our country and did not affect local industry. For example, there were 157 seizures during last two weeks.