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Sheepmeat Council : Sheepmeat 2013
28 SHEEPMEAT COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA ANNUAL MUSTER 2013 SAFEMEAT – World’s best practice SAFEMEAT promotes rationalisation of regulation and standards within the industry, drives the implementation of strategies to ensure meat safety and hygiene and monitors industry performance in respect of these. SAFEMEAT Partnership members are; • Mr Ross Keane-- Independent Chair • Australian Dairy Farmers Ltd • Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry • Australian Chief Veterinary Officer • Australian Livestock Exporters' Council Ltd • Australian Lot Feeders' Association • Australian Meat Industry Council • Cattle Council of Australia • Victorian Department of Primary Industries (representing State/Territory Agriculture Departments) • Safe Food Queensland (representing State/Territory Meat Industry Authorities) • Sheepmeat Council of Australia • Australian Pork Limited • Goat Industry Council of Australia SAFEMEAT continues to promote best practice management systems and implement strategies for the safe and hygienic production of red meat and pork in Australia. During the last 12 months the revised SAFEMEAT Business Plan was endorsed and significant progress was made on the important SAFEMEAT Strategic Initiatives Review. This Review is a critical step in defining the vision for the future and the assessment of the requirements for systems to support the vision. A number of residue issues were managed during the year including those associated with feed contamination and cattle rejected from live export. Work continued on improving NLIS and the development of the Business Rules for NLIS (Pork) was progressed. Work also continued on pathogens and the Program Advisory Group was reinvigorated to provide additional guidance and oversight of the microbiological program. Further input into the draft Primary Production and Processing Standard for meat was provided. The Goat Industry Council of Australia (GICA) was granted formal SAFEMEAT Partnership status which will enhance engagement with this industry. The contribution of the many committees and working groups, with SAFEMEAT involvement and support, continues to provide a valuable mechanism for industry to maintain a high level of food safety and market access for its products. This work has enabled targeted approaches to improving industry quality assurance programs through education and fostering a partnership approach between industry and governments. Examples of this can be found in the monitoring of residues in livestock and the improving levels of compliance with NLIS requirements throughout the livestock supply chain. SAFEMEAT continues to be the most important vehicle for managing food safety issues across the whole red meat and livestock industry in Australia. The success of SAFEMEAT is due to the on-going commitment and co-operation of its partner members. For further information www.safemeat.com.au The primary role of SAFEMEAT, as specified in the Meat Industry Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), is to oversee and promote sound management systems to deliver safe and hygienic product to the market place.