A range of meat safety systems exist to underpin Australia’s internationally renowned reputation as a supplier of safe red meat and livestock.

Meat safety systems ensure that when someone eats Australian red meat they are guaranteed not only that it is safe, but that the integrity of the product has been maintained and that the meat can be traced right back to the farm on which it was born. 

The meat safety systems in place on the farm and at the feedlot include:

  • Livestock Production Assurance
  • LPA National Vendor Declaration and Waybill
  • National Livestock Identification System
  • National Feedlot Accreditation Scheme

Livestock Production Assurance

The Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) program ensures that any producer who wants to sell livestock adheres to a number of on-farm food safety requirements. Compliance with these requirements means that the livestock leave the producers property in the best possible condition and safe for human consumption.

LPA underpins the National Vendor Declaration and Waybill, which assists to uphold Australia’s reputation as a world leader in meat and livestock food safety.

Producers are targeted and randomly audited to ensure compliance with LPA. This allows consumers of Australian red meat confidence in the rigidity of the system underpinning Australia’s meat safety reputation. Non-compliance with LPA incurs severe penalties.

LPA National Vendor Declaration and Waybill 

LPA compliant producers have access to the LPA National Vendor Declaration and Waybill (LPA NVD/Waybill) which enables important information regarding livestock history to be transferred to the buyer of the livestock so that they can be confident in the integrity of the livestock they have purchased.

The LPA NVD/Waybill is a declaration that livestock owners must sign and transfer along the supply chain when livestock change ownership. The LPA NVD/Waybill is vital to Australia’s product traceability systems and assists in tracing livestock movements.

National Livestock Identification System

Now producers have ensured their property and the product they produce is safe by complying with LPA, the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) takes over. NLIS is Australia’s system for identification and traceability of livestock from their property of birth to slaughter and meat export.

This means that as a consumer sits down to an Australian steak they can be confident that its origins can be traced through processing and ownership changes right back to place of birth. Such traceability is a guarantee of Australia’s red meat food safety.

National Feedlot Accreditation Scheme

Australia’s meat safety systems extend to feedlots. Australian feedlots producing grainfed beef for export markets must comply with the audited National Feedlot Accreditation Scheme (NFAS).

NFAS is independently audited and the program ensures operations meet and exceed world’s best practice so that the ultimate product is guaranteed to be safe and hygienic. This guarantee is vital in today’s global environment with increasing attention to and demand of adherence to rigid food safety measures.

SAFEMEAT - guaranteeing Australia's meat safety

SAFEMEAT provides oversight and direction into and promotes sound management systems for these programs to ensure that safe and hygienic red meat and livestock is delivered to the market place.

This industry-government partnership approach to meat safety systems offers the ultimate assurance that on the farm and at the feedlot every animal in Australia intended for human consumption has the red meat safety guarantee.

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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