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Sheepmeat Council : Sheepmeat 2013
SHEEPMEAT COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA ANNUAL MUSTER 2013 19 NRS monitoring programs also assist in supporting State and Territory Government licensing of domestic processing facilities and providing independent data for verification of industry quality assurance schemes. NRS operates under a cost recovery arrangement and is funded from levy payments with expenditure reviewed by the SCA. All NRS programs are run under an internationally recognised quality management system to ISO 9001. Results for 2011-12 In 2011-12 a total of 5,540 samples from Australian sheep were tested for residues of veterinary drugs, animal treatments, agricultural chemical and environmental contaminants. The chemicals tested for in the NRS sheep program include those that may be used in Australian sheep production, as well as those that may be of importance for international trade. The overall compliance rate with Australian Standards was 99.75%. These results assure Australian and overseas customers of the excellent residue and contaminant status of Australian sheep and lamb meat. Over the past decade Australian sheep have consistently reported an overall compliance rate above 99%. Residue Management Audits Each year approximately 1,000 property management audits of sheep properties are being conducted. These audits are based on the requirements of the Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) scheme. The management systems of most producers are meeting the required standards. However, The National Residue Survey The National Residue Survey (NRS) is a part of the Australian Government system for facilitating market access for exporters of Australian food. where deficiencies are found they typically relate to failure to conduct a property risk assessment and failure to keep adequate records in relation to animal treatments and animal movements. Metals survey report coming soon The NRS periodically undertakes special targeted surveys to supplement random monitoring programs for particular residues of potential interest to both domestic and international markets. NRS will be publishing the results of a national survey which examined a broad range of routinely and non-routinely monitored metals (including minerals of public health significance) in Australian sheep and other animals. The results indicate a high level of compliance with national food standards. For further information http://www.daff.gov.au/agriculture- food/nrs 2011-12 NRS Sheep results brochure http://www.daff.gov.au/__data/assets/ pdf_file/0008/2279636/sheep.pdf 2011-12 NRS Sheep detailed results report http://www.daff.gov.au/__data/assets/ pdf_file/0005/2281163/sheep.pdf