Agriculture Minister David Littleproud is pushing for more scientific research into wildlife wet markets and how they impact human health.
Minister Littleproud raised the issue with his G7 counterparts but stopped short of pointing the finger at China.
“We’ve got to understand that wet markets themselves play a very important part in food security in many nations around the world but adding wildlife adds a risk that we don’t know can be mitigated,” he said.
Labor leader Anthony Albanese supported Mr Littleproud’s call for an investigation, saying the Agriculture Minister was “spot on”.
“He’s representing Australia’s national interest,” he said.
“What we’re talking about isn’t all wet markets, because the Sydney fish market is a wet market, what we’re talking about here is unregulated markets that engage in some exotic species that are dangerous.”