The live export industry is hopeful that a move by the Egyptian Government to put a freeze on slaughtering a consignment of Australian cattle will be reversed quickly.
Last month more than 16,000 WA cattle consigned by Emanuel Exports were sent to Egypt on board MV Nada only for Egyptian Government veterinarians to put a freeze in place on the slaughter of these cattle last week.
The Egyptian Government says veterinarians noticed Hormonal Growth Promotants (HGP) in some of the animals after they were processed.
Sokhna Livestock Company feedlot manager Richard Leitch sailed with the voyage last month and said the shipment went smoothly.
He believed the new Egyptian Government was "covering its bases".
"By the sound of it the Egyptian Government are just waiting for an explanation as to what the HGPs are," Mr Leitch said.
"It seems nothing more than a lack of understanding."
Mr Leitch said every cattle shipment from Australia had some animals treated with HGPs on it and it was certainly nothing new.
The Australian Live Exporters' Council (ALEC) chief executive Alison Penfold said she was also hopeful the issue would soon be resolved.
"There have been on-going discussions at a government-to-government level that have included industry representation," Ms Penfold said.
"There has also been a significant amount of information provided to the Egyptians about the safety of HGPs.
"The Egyptians have raised their concerns and I am hopeful we are close to a resolution."
Ms Penfold said the freeze came as a surprise as there was no reference to HGPs in the health conditions.
"This is normally where information outlining any concerns, or if countries want conditions placed on the animals, would be held, but there is nothing of that kind in those conditions," she said.
"I think it is important to note HGPs are approved and regulated in Australia by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority which provide assurances that they are safe for consumers and not harmful to animals."
Emanuel Exports managing director Graham Daws was still waiting to hear any news on the issue when Farm Weekly went to print on Tuesday.
"They are having meetings over in Egypt and it will just go through the process," Mr Daws said.
"Hopefully everything is resolved or clarified as soon as possible."
WA Live Exporters Association (WALEA) chairman John Edwards said it was disappointing it had reached this point when there had been an agreed health protocol already in place.
"The Memorandum of Understanding makes no mention of prohibited substances like HGPs," Mr Edwards said.
"HGPs are an accepted fact of life in live export cattle production around the world."
Farm Weekly understands the cattle in question are in a feedlot in Egypt and are being looked after until the issue is resolved.
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