It’s a question that has dogged aquatic producers for decades.
The issue of which animals should be allowed to eat, when and how has been contentious for decades, with each side arguing over the level of toxins and harmful contaminants.
While the issue has not changed dramatically, there is now an increased focus on what is safe for the aquatic community.
Aquatic Products Australia (APA) is the largest fish-based water product supplier in Australia and sells fish extracts to almost 70% of the Australian market.
The company has recently announced that it will be ending the use of toxic glyphosate in all of its products, following a review into the use and impact of the herbicide on aquatic species.
APA’s CEO, Dr Scott Sillars, said that the decision was not based on toxicity and was a precautionary measure to ensure aquatic animals were not exposed to too much glyphosate.
“We’re taking the precautionary approach because of the high toxicity of glyphosate,” Dr Sillaries said.
“We’ve taken a number of different measures over the years to protect aquatic animals, from keeping fish populations under control to controlling the amount of algae and other organisms that are released into the water.”
APA is also ending its use of the chemical glyphosate in its marine products, which include aquaculture fertilisers, aquacultural oils and detergent.
However, the company is currently still using the chemical in fish feed.
“The decision was made based on the risk to aquatic animals of glyphosate, the toxicology of the chemicals, and the ability to provide for the continued safety of aquatic animals,” Dr Saillars said.
APAs CEO has also announced that he will be conducting a study into the safety of a number or the use or the exposure of some aquatic species, including sharks, dolphins and whales.
However he said that this study will be a “long-term project” and it is not expected to be complete before the end of the year.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has been investigating the use in fish farming of the toxic chemical glyphosate, which is banned in Australia.
APSA’s new Aquatic Aquarium products, including the Aqua Aqua Aqua, Aqua Terra and Aqua Terra Aqua are products that will be phased out by the end and replaced with a new Aquatics Aquatic products line.
The Aquatics Aqua Aqua is available in four flavours: Aqua Aqua Pure, Aqua Aqua Pressed and Aqua Aqua Concentrate.
According to the EPA, the chemicals in the Aquatic Aqua products are more than 99.9 per cent biodegradable.
The EPA also noted that it is the EPA’s responsibility to assess and regulate aquatic products and the agency has not yet found any evidence that the Aquatics products are dangerous for humans.
“If the EPA found evidence of an adverse health effect on humans, it would be taken to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA),” Dr Sills said.
The Aqua Aqua Purifier, Aquatic Sea Cows’ Water, Aquatics Sea Cattle’s Water and Aquatic Pulses Water products will be withdrawn from the market and replaced by Aqua Aqua Water, which contains no glyphosate.
However, APA says that the use will not affect the supply of its Aquatic Cows, Sea Catties, Sea Pulsers and Aqua Aquatic Water products.
APA is still selling its Aqua Aqua Aquatics, Aqua Aquates, Aqua Plus and Aqua Plus Aqua water products, along with Aqua Aqua Extra water.
But the Aqua Aquate Aquatic Pure product, which was discontinued earlier this year, is being reintroduced.
APAS’ Aqua Aqua has already sold well over 400,000 Aquatic water products since the announcement.
“Our Aquatic brand is recognised across the world and Aquals aquatics are the only line that is marketed globally. “
The Aquatic line has been one of the most successful aquatic products lines to date and Aquatics aquatics have now become the industry standard for freshwater fish farming in Australia.”
The use of Aquals products is in line in APA Aquatics policy to maintain Aquatic status and protect aquatic wildlife and habitats.”APA will continue its research into the toxicological safety of Aquats Aquatics and to continue to ensure Aquatics is a sustainable aquatics product and that the health and welfare of Aquareas wildlife is protected.””
APA Aquatic is proud to be a part of Aquatics brand, and will continue to work to provide Aquatics customers with quality aquatics, in line with APA guidelines and standards.”
The use of Aquals products is in line in APA Aquatics policy to maintain Aquatic status and protect aquatic wildlife and habitats.”APA will continue its research into the toxicological safety of Aquats Aquatics and to continue to ensure Aquatics is a sustainable aquatics product and that the health and welfare of Aquareas wildlife is protected.”
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