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Sheepmeat Council : Sheepmeat 2015 2016
SHEEPMEAT COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA ANNUAL MUSTER 2015-16 35 INDUSTRY SYSTEMS & FOOD SAFETY • Strengthened industry assurance programs and improved integration throughout the supply chain. • Revised role of the jurisdictions in compliance monitoring to reflect the new compliance model – monitor, support, enforce. • Effective communication programs to drive uptake and improvement. • A sustainable funding model to ensure the effectiveness of the system into the future. In June 2015, SAFEMEAT determined that, from 16 November 2015, only the current LPA NVD (version 0413) can be used for livestock going into the food chain – for auction or to feedlots. This is to ensure that Australia continues to meet the export requirements of our international trade partners and to address issues with outdated NVD versions. The development of an integrated electronic NVD system continues under the oversight of the SAFEMEAT Initiatives Review Steering Group. National Residue Survey Every time a lamb is sold in Australia, 0.11% of the sale price is contributed to the National Residue Survey (NRS) while 0.18% is contributed every time a sheep is sold. As part of its responsibilities under the Red Meat MOU, SCA is responsible for overseeing expenditure of this levy and regularly engages with NRS to ensure this is done appropriately. NRS is a vital part of the Australian system for managing the risk of chemical residues and environmental contaminants in Australian food products. The NRS supports Australia’s food industry and primary producers by facilitating access to key export markets and confirming Australia’s status as a producer of clean food. NRS programs encourage good agricultural practices, help to identify potential problems and indicate where follow-up action is needed. The core work of the NRS is to facilitate the testing of animal and plant products for pesticide and veterinary medicine residues, and environmental contaminants. Product testing is done through either random or specifically designed sampling protocols. Other programs within the NRS, such as laboratory evaluation and business activities, support the core work of residue testing. Residue monitoring aims to: • Provide an estimate of the occurrence of residues in products (using systems based on sampling and statistical probability). • Confirm (or otherwise) that residues in products are below set limits. • Alert responsible government authorities and industry if, and when, limits are exceeded, so that corrective action can be taken. Sources: SAFEMEAT, National Residue Survey FOOD SAFETY AND INTEGRITY SYSTEMS