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The coronavirus is not related to seafood.
At a time like this, it’s more important than ever to listen to public health professionals, from around the world. Here’s what they have to say about seafood and coronavirus.
International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Foods: “Despite the many billions of meals consumed and food packages handled since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, to date there has not been any evidence that food, food packaging or food handling is a source or important transmission route for SARS-CoV-2 resulting in COVID-19.”
US FDA: there is no evidence that food or food packaging have been associated with transmission and no reason to be concerned. Further, there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with imported goods, including food and drugs for humans and pets
WHO: “The likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low and the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, travelled, and exposed to different conditions and temperature is also low.”
CDC: “In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very low risk of spread from food products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient, refrigerated, or frozen temperatures.”
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Around 65% of the seafood consumed in Australia has to be imported because whilst Australia has a huge water mass, it is one of the least productive in the world. So, in the meantime, we have find most of our seafood somewhere else -
- to make sure we have enough for everyone,
- and so that it can be sold at prices that are affordable for all Australians.
This is not a new situation - we have been importing a large portion of Australia's seafood for over 50 years.
Here in Australia, about five billion dollars is generated every year from the sale of imported seafood by local retail and foodservice businesses.
… providing about 30,000 Australian jobs.
Providing income, jobs and affordable food for Australians
About five billion dollars is generated every year by businesses within Australia from the sale of imported seafood.
About 30,000 jobs in Australia’s food manufacturing, retail and food service sectors are supported by this trade.
Our member companies supply Australian retailers and foodservice outlets with approximately half of all the seafood imported into Australia. Or to look at it another way one in three of the seafood meals eaten in Australia. This is 750 million seafood meals per year provided to Australian consumers.
The SIAA is a national trade association registered under the NSW Associations Incorporation Act. It has operated since 1964. Its members are companies whose business, wholly or partly, involves importing seafood into Australia.
Most members sell both Australian and imported seafood.
The members are bound by a Code of Practice, which is a condition of membership.
How the Association helps
The Seafood Importers Association acts as a bridge between our busy members who are sourcing seafood from around the globe (including Australia) and the various consultative and media processes that need to be addressed to ensure that business stays abreast of all relevant developments and understands societal needs.
The Association also provides linkage with foreign governments who want to understand relevant Australian rules and regulations and Australian consumer values.
The Association, via this website, helps to keep the media informed regarding production standards adopted in overseas supplier countries and how these standards are constantly changing to keep pace with global requirements around food safety, sustainability and social welfare concerns, such as those defined in the Australian Modern Slavery legislation.
For further information about the role of the Association, and Imported seafood generally, look up the FAQ's or contact us.