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Aus Pork Ltd welcomes new QA rules in NSW

by 5m Editor
5 June 2007, at 9:43am

AUSTRALIA - Australian Pork Limited has welcomed the move by the NSW Food Authority to require all pigs sent to NSW domestic abattoirs be accompanied by a valid National Vendor Declaration (NVD) from June 30.

The authority has said that for an NVD to be considered valid under the Australian Standard for the Hygienic Production and Transport of Meat and Meat Products for Human Consumption, animals must be sourced from a property that has been accredited under a recognised on-farm quality assurance (QA) program.

In the case of pigs that would be either PigPass QA or Australian Pork Industry Quality (APIQ).

The announcement was also supported by SAFEMEAT, the Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC) and the NSW Meat Industry Consultative Committee.

Andrew Spencer, the CEO of APL, said processors were now generally requiring pigs destined for export to be accompanied by an NVD, linked to an approved farm QA program, as part of their approved arrangements for Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS) certification.

Source: farmOnline

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