Upgraded Shellfish Biotoxin Testing Facility Open By Minister

Upgraded Shellfish Biotoxin Testing Facility Open By Minister

Tasmania Minister for Primary Industries and Water Jeremy Rockliff

New Shellfish Biotoxin Testing Facility Open

Victor P Taffa

Tasmanian shellfish industry will have access to the best possible testing facilities with the opening of the upgraded biotoxin testing facility at Analytical Services Tasmania, Minister for Primary Industries and Water Jeremy Rockliff said.

Hodgman Government has invested $1.2 Million for the facility’s upgrade, which will provide the highest standard of testing for oysters and mussels, and other fisheries including rock lobster, abalone and scallop in Tasmania for the first time, with samples no longer required to be sent interstate.

“Upgrade will provide the service needed for the $200 Million wild fisheries industry in Tasmania to maintain and grow its high value export products, and ensure a quality product fit for local, national and international dining tables.” Minister Rockliff said.

Upgrade is collaboration between the Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council, Oysters Tasmania and the Hodgman Government, and is a great practical example of this Government’s comprehensive AgriFood Plan in action.

“This includes working with industry to transition to the new Shellfish Market Access Program (ShellMAP) that will ensure a modern approach to working in partnership with shellfish growers on market access, quality assurance and food safety.” Minister Rockliff said.