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Researchers claim proof that imports caused Australian whitespot outbreak

The government says it has not seen the data and that cause may never be known.

A group of Australian researchers is pressuring government agencies still investigating the origins of a whitespot outbreak, by publishing independent data they said proves the virus came to Australia on imported shrimp, reports ABC News.

But the Federal Department of Agriculture said it had not seen the scientists' data and it was still investigating the cause of the outbreak, which may never be known.

Whitespot disease was first found on farms along the Logan River south of Brisbane in December.

The department is still investigating how it got to Australia and wiped out the local AUD 25 million ( € 17.1 million/$19 million) shrimp farming industry, but the aquaculture industry has been quick to blame imported shrimp sold in supermarkets.

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