X-rays to de­tect biose­cu­rity risks

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Fed­eral Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter David Lit­tleproud VDLG D \HDU ORQJ WULDO RI D 5DSLVFDQ 577 ; 5D\ unit at Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Air­port that started last week was a huge step for­ward for Aus­tralian biose­cu­rity.

“Our clean green rep­u­ta­tion makes Aus­tralian pro­duce val­ued over­seas and we have to pro­tect that,” he said.

“We’re see­ing more peo­ple, mail and cargo come through our bor­ders. That means more risk to Aussie farm­ers and we’ve got to stay on top of it.

“We need to make sure they’re not bring­ing in pests or items car­ry­ing pests, which could de­stroy our farm sec­tor.”

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“Aus­tralia is a world leader in biose­cu­rity and we al­ways strive to be bet­ter,” he said.

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The al­go­rithm will be tri­alled with fruit for six months, then on veg­eta­bles, seeds and meat.

Mr Lit­tleproud said biose­cu­rity screen­ing pro­vided crit­i­cal pro­tec­tion for Aus­tralia’s $60-bil­lion agri­cul­tural in­dus­tries and the health of the coun­try’s com­mu­ni­ties, en­vi­ron­ment and na­tional econ­omy.

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