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AWB today welcomed the results of independent quality testing of Australian wheat from shipments which were rejected by the Pakistani Government in February this year, which showed no presence of Karnal Bunt.
The tests, funded by the Australian Government, were carried out by Central Science Laboratory (CSL), an agency of the United Kingdom’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which is the UK’s foremost public sector laboratory in the fields of agriculture, food and the environment.
AWB’s Managing Director Andrew Lindberg welcomed the test results and said it validated the industry’s position that Karnal Bunt is not present in Australian wheat.
“Samples were taken under Pakistani Government supervision from all four rejected ships, and CSL found no evidence of Karnal Bunt in any of the samples analysed,” said Mr Lindberg.
“AWB is pleased with the test results as they reaffirm Australia’s reputation as a supplier of high quality clean, white wheat, and vindicates our position regarding the quality of Australian wheat during the recent events in Pakistan.
“The results also validate the testing conducted in Australia prior to the wheat leaving for Pakistan,” said Mr Lindberg.
CSL was selected because it currently has 88 procedures within the Food Safety & Quality, Microbiology and Pesticides Veterinary Medicine Groups accredited to the ISO/IEC 17025 standard by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service and is a world-renowned expert laboratory in testing for Karnal Bunt.
In addition, the Australian Department of Fisheries Forestry and Agricultural has independently tested over 100 samples of current seasons grain from throughout Australia’s entire wheat belt and the results identified no presence of Karnal Bunt.