How does Australia control E. coli?

Australian beef for export is processed under the veterinary supervision of the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) and is recognised internationally as being of a very high hygienic standard.

Verification of hygienic performance at Australian abattoirs is carried out by application of an extensive program that includes both visual and microbiological monitoring.

All export slaughtering establishments participate in the AQIS E. coli and Salmonella monitoring (ESAM) program, which requires E. coli and Salmonella testing of carcases surfaces.

E. coli (generic) is monitored for process control verification, and this carcase testing is an integral part of an establishment’s HACCP-based Quality Assurance Program.

In addition to the ESAM program, carcase Total Viable Counts (TVCs) and coliform counts are another mandatory requirement used for process control verification.

Did You Know...

Australia holds a disease free status for FMD and TSE (BSE or 'mad-cows' disease and Scrapie)

The Australian red meat industry works closely with state and federal government agencies to ensure Australia’s meat safety systems remain world class.

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