Australia Warns About Biosecurity Risks From Chinese Lunar New Year Gifts

With the Lunar New Year, only weeks away on Feb. 1, the Australian Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud has reminded Australians to ensure that gifts sent or brought to Australia from overseas do not pose a biosecurity risk. Littleproud said gifts could contain pests and diseases that can seriously impact the nation’s environment, agriculture, and tourism industries. “Lunar New Year is a special celebration for many people here and overseas, but around this time, we see lots of biosecurity risk items intercepted at the border,” he said on Jan. 12. “These items are brought to Australia by international travellers and found in mail items received at our international mail centres. The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) recommended gifts for the Lunar New Year to be bought in Australia as many gifts bought overseas pose high biosecurity risk and may introduce pests and diseases. Littleproud said that “gifts that …

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