Australian Meat Safety

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Australian Meat Safety Through Chain Security & Integrity.

The Australian red meat industry has developed a series of integrated quality assurance programs that are part of the industry's commitment to quality, safety and integrity.

Australia's meat safety programs identify food safety and quality assurance as top priorities, and embrace Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) and the principles of ISO 9002 certification. Both these systems are internationally accepted.

Quality assurance and meat safety begins on the farm. Cattlecare and Flockcare are farm-based quality assurance programs that follow HACCP principles to avoid contamination problems.

All Australian processing plants are required to operate under an Australian standard that mandates the use of HACCP in their meat safety programs. Export processing plants must adhere to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Processing facilities have HACCP-based programs that fully comply with USDA's regulations including those for pathogen reduction, sanitation and food safety. These are audited by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) and the U.S. Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS).

All Australian red meat is clearly labeled for product traceback. Traceback systems allow communication through the supply chain.

The Australian beef industry has earned an excellent reputation worldwide because of its commitment to producing consistent quality, safe and wholesome products that meet customer specifications and consumer requirements.