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Australia reinstates permits for U.S. pork imports.

The Full Bench of the Australian Federal Court has upheld an appeal by Australia's director of quarantine quarantine (kwŏr`əntēn), isolation of persons, animals, places, and effects that carry or are suspected of harboring communicable disease.  against an earlier Court judgment that will have the effect of reinstating pork import permits. "The decision validates conditions recommended by Biosecurity Australia Biosecurity Australia is an arm of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. It provides science based quarantine assessments and policy advice to protect Australian agricultural industry, and to enhances Australia's access to international animal  for imported pig meat," said Joanna Hewitt, Australia's director of animal and plant quarantine. "The Court process has highlighted that the import risk analysis process is complex and some aspects are not always easily understood," she said. For that reason, Hewitt added, the Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries fisheries. From earliest times and in practically all countries, fisheries have been of industrial and commercial importance. In the large N Atlantic fishing grounds off Newfoundland and Labrador, for example, European and North American fishing fleets have long  and Forestry will examine issues raised in the Court proceedings. "Australia remains committed to rigorous science-based assessments of the quarantine risks associated with potential imports to protect Australia's important agricultural industries," said Hewitt.

In the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. , the National Pork Producers Council welcomed the decision. NPPC NPPC National Pork Producers Council
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 President Don Buhl noted that the court's decision upholds the risk assessment conducted by Australia's Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. "This is a great victory for U.S. pork producers who supply a safe, high-quality product second to none in the world," said Buhl.
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Publication:Food & Drink Weekly
Date:Oct 10, 2005
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