|All of us at some time will benefit from short-term treatment with antibiotics, administered at full strength (ie. not trace amounts) by medical professionals. However, concern about the growing resistance of germs to antibiotics has led authorities to constrain their use. For instance, antibiotics are not permitted in food products, where they would be consumed regularly.
In the early days of aquaculture around the world, antibiotics were widely also used to keep fish healthy. Improved husbandry and production methods means their use in aquaculture is now minimal, and they not used at all in some countries for some species (eg. farmed prawns from Thailand). In any case, antibiotic residues are not permitted in products imported to Australia. AQIS supervises independent laboratory tests for antibiotics when shipments of food arrive at our borders, to ensure compliance with this.
Antibiotics are not relevant to imported wild-caught fish such as Hake, Hoki or Nile Perch, as they do not come into contact with them.
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