07 Dec 2010

Australian Quarantine detector-dog visits Burwood East Primary

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Boof, the detector-dog from the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service visited Burwood East Primary School as part of a one off education program.

Burwood East used their new multi-purpose room to have students meet Boof and hear from the custom officials about what needs to be declared on re-entry into Australia.

The students really enjoyed the interactive session as they were able to hold and see some of the objects people had failed to declare.  Such as snakes, wooden objects and paper made from elephant dung.

Frontline detector dogs play a vital role in keeping Australia largely free of the pests and diseases that occur elsewhere.

 AQIS currently has 27 active response dogs at mail centres and 62 passive response dogs at airports. AQIS detector dogs screen incoming passengers and mail for quarantine-risk material, such as plants, food and animal products.

The serious message is that bringing in food stuffs or organic materials from overseas can damage our sensitive natural environment.

You must declare for inspection all food, plant material and animal products on arrival in Australia to ensure they are free of pests and diseases. 

In many cases what you declare will be checked and passed as no risk to the country, other products may require treatment to make them safe, and some items that pose pest and disease risks will be seized and destroyed by AQIS.  Plants and plant material, food, and animal products are the most commonly seized items

I want to thank the customs service for making Boof available for the day.

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