Thursday, October 28, 2021

Mooncakes may pose a biosecurity risk to Australia: Minister of Agriculture

As the Mid-Autumn Festival approaches, Australian biosafety officials are checking mooncakes and other gifts from overseas for biosafety issues.

Agriculture Minister David Littleproud advises importers and consumers to check Biosafety rules Before finalizing the gift order. The fact sheet is also available in Chinese and Vietnamese.

“Australia has strict biosecurity conditions to ensure that goods do not carry pests and diseases that may affect our agriculture and the environment,” Little pride“Before and during the Mid-Autumn Festival, the possibility of some potentially risky items being sent here has increased.”

All mooncakes with meat, especially pork, are not allowed to be brought into Australia because pork carries the risk of African swine fever. If introduced, it will destroy the domestic pork industry.

Those fruits or vegetables with fresh fruit or vegetable fillings, including grapefruit, star fruit and taro, also pose a biosecurity risk to local agriculture.

“Plant products such as fresh fruits and vegetables may introduce exotic pests and diseases such as citrus canker into Australia,” Littleproud added.

Maxim's moon cakes.  (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
Maxim’s moon cakes. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

Any gifts that do not comply with Australia’s strict biosafety laws, including moon cakes, will be destroyed or exported abroad.

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“You can avoid disappointment and delays by ensuring that your friends and family overseas also know what is not allowed to enter Australia,” Littleproud said.

Commercially prepared and packaged moon cakes with egg yolk or chocolate filling are allowed to enter the country, but must be declared.

Epoch Times Photos
Epoch Times Photos
The Mid-Autumn Festival is an important day for families to gather together to admire the moon and mooncakes. It has a history of more than 3,000 years, and it can be traced back to the ancient Shang Dynasty to worship the moon. (Jane Library/The Epoch Times)

The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, is one of the most important traditional festivals celebrated by many Asian communities around the world.

It is related to an ancient legend about the story of Lady Moon, Chang’e.

It is celebrated on August 15th of the lunar calendar every year. This year is September 21st.

The family will gather for a feast, enjoy colorful lanterns of various shapes and sizes, and admire the full moon.

Friends and relatives will also give moon cakes to each other, which is the most typical gift related to the holiday.

The most common mooncake fillings include lotus paste or red bean paste with salted egg yolk, but mooncakes can have a variety of fillings to suit consumers’ tastes.



This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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