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60 Minutes Approach to the APVMA

17 February 2010

The APVMA recently had a request from Channel Nine’s Sixty Minutes program about a story it plans to produce about the Noosa fish health incidents and associated matters. It sought information from the APVMA on a number of issues. It enquired about our position in relation to the Noosa events and about our registration and review processes. It wanted to know the regulatory status of the agricultural chemicals carbendazim and endosulfan – chemicals some suggested may have played a role in prompting some of the Noosa incidents.

Sixty Minutes also invited the APVMA to appear on the program. The APVMA declined on the basis that the special taskforce the Queensland Government set up to investigate the issue has not produced its final report. It is not yet known if chemicals were involved.

While choosing not to participate the APVMA provided Sixty Minutes with a written statement in early February on those matters on which it enquired. Given that this information is of general interest, the text of the statement is reproduced below.

See the Statement that the APVMA provided to Channel Nine’s 60 Minutes (PDF, 33kb) | (RTF, 141kb).

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