Prawns infected with white spot disease do not pose a risk to food safety or human health.
Biosecurity Queensland update:
White spot disease is a highly contagious viral infection that affects crustaceans.
The disease has been confirmed in seven prawn farms. The seven infected sites are located on the Logan River.
Biosecurity Queensland is treating infected ponds with chlorine and is preparing for disposal and decontamination work. Surveillance and sampling in all prawn farms and waterways in the region will continue.
More information is available from the Queensland Government's Department of Agriculture and Fisheries website:
White spot disease detected in southern queensland (20 February 2017)
Prawn disease eradication moving into next phase (25 January 2017)
Australian Commonwealth Government update:
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) suspended import of uncooked prawns on 6 January 2017.
To read the media releases from DAWR click on the links below:
Commonwealth webpage White spot disease - response to outbreak