Frequently asked questions

  • How is meat labelling regulated in Australia?
  • For information on meat labelling requirements in Australia, refer to the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) website or contact your state-based Meat Hygiene Authority.

  • What are Hormone Growth Promotants (HGPs) and does Australia use them?
  • Hormone Growth Promotants (HGPs) are supplements of naturally occurring hormones that are found in most animal and plant life. They are slow-release implants that contain natural or synthetic hormones used to improve growth rates and feed efficiency in the cattle industry.

    These hormones are naturally present in all meat. HGPs cause no harm to the animal being implanted and research has shown meat treated with HGPs is safe for human consumption.

    HGPs have been used in Australia since 1979 and are used in most major beef producing countries around the world including the United States.

    The use of HGPs is strictly regulated and all HGP products must go through a rigorous accreditation process which is administered by the Australian Government agency the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA). 

  • What are the requirements for Russian market eligibility?
  • To meet Russian market access requirements SAFEMEAT implemented a 90 day Provisional Russian Export Slaughter Interval (ESI) for products and feed containing oxytetracycline or chlortetracycline – effective 1 January 2012.

    While exports to Russia are currently suspended, producers must continue to declare the status of their livestock against this ESI by correctly completing the Livestock Production Assurance National Vendor Declaration and Waybill (LPA NVD/Waybill).

    When using 0413 versions of the LPA NVD, producers must check that the provisional 90 day ESI for products and feed containing oxytetracycline or chlortetracycline has been observed before answering the livestock treatment question on the LPA NVD (Question 6 on the cattle NVD, question 5 on the EU cattle NVD and question 4 on the sheep NVD).

    There is no need to write ‘Russian Eligible’ on 0413 version LPA NVDs.

    For all previous LPA NVD versions, producers must continue to write the words ‘Russian Eligible’ on the LPA NVD/Waybill under Question 9 for cattle, Question 8 for EU cattle and Question 7 for sheep to advise buyers that they do not use products or feed containing oxytetracycline or chlortetracycline, or that the livestock have not been treated with these products in the last 90 days.

    This step is required on older NVD versions because the animal treatments question does not refer to ESIs set by SAFEMEAT.  Where ‘Russian Eligible’ is written on the LPA NVD/Waybill it means that the livestock have not been injected with or ingested feed products containing oxytetracycline and chlortetracycline in the last 90 days.

meat safety in australia

Supplying over 100 markets globally, Australia is one of the world’s largest red meat exporters. The Australian red meat and livestock industry is committed to food safety, integrity and traceability.

Australia has an internationally recognised status of being free from all major epidemic diseases of sheep and cattle including Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), Scrapie and Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE)

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