The government must do whatever it takes to guarantee foot and mouth disease does not enter the nation, Ms Andrews said.
“There would be an economic impact and we want to ensure we keep trade open. “It’s vital Australians understand what’s at stake, and the need to be hyper-vigilant about what food products they bring back.”
Foot and Mouth Disease detected in meat products in Australia
Further investigations about how the products entered Australia was being taken, and it was likely prosecutions would occur, Senator Watt said.
It’s the latest measure by the federal government to prevent an outbreak of the livestock disease on Australian shores.
‘No silver bullet when it comes to biosecurity’
The mats will be rolled out this week, starting at Darwin and Cairns airports. They are intended to be a physical reminder to travellers about the risk of the disease, Senator Watt said.
How do the mats work?
Senator Watt is set to meet with his state and territory counterparts for the first joint meeting in eight months to discuss further measures.