UPDATE | Qld Health responds to chemical spill impact on prawns

UPDATE 8:35AM | Queensland Health is playing down the risks associated with eating seafood caught in the south east after the chemical spill at Brisbane Airport.

Executive Director Health Protection Branch Sophie Dwyer said national health advice on PFAS is clear “there is no consistent evidence that exposure to PFOS and PFOA causes adverse health effects”.

“But because the human body is slow to rid itself of PFOS and PFOA, continued exposure to these chemicals can result in accumulation in the body.


“Due to the potential for accumulation, and while uncertainty around their potential to cause human adverse health effects remains, it is prudent to reduce exposure to PFCs as far as is practicable.

“But consumption of small amounts as part of a broad diet is of negligible risk.

“Before results of EHP testing is known and without knowing where specific seafood was caught, it is not possible to make fully detailed conclusions regarding risk associated in prawns.

“But we do know that this food, particularly when it is in the food supply, only forms a small part of any individuals daily consumption of food” she said.

EARLIER 6:30AM | Prawn producers are being warned Brisbane Airport’s chemical spill could impact on their produce.

It comes as they deal with financial losses following an outbreak of white spot disease.

Trawler Michael Wilkinson told the ABC he was not told for almost four days that firefighting foam, containing perfluorooctanoic acid, had leaked at the Qantas hanger in Brisbane.

At the time, the Government said no commercial fishermen were affected, but on Wednesday the fisheries department told the ABC, 35 were operating in the investigation zone.

It’s not known what affect the chemical could have on the human body if consumed.

Last Friday Environment Minister Steven Miles said recreation fishers who caught fish in the days after the spill should dispose of them and not eat them.