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).

Underpinning Australia’s commitment to meat safety and its internationally recognised disease-free status are a number of stringent standards and systems which have been developed to protect Australia’s high product standards.

The Australian government and the red meat and livestock industry established SAFEMEAT, a joint partnership consisting of representatives from government and industry. SAFEMEAT is dedicated to promoting Australia's best practice management systems that ensure when customers purchase red meat or livestock from Australia they can be confident in the quality and safety of their choice.

SAFEMEAT provides oversight and direction on the meat safety systems that are in place throughout the production supply chain; whether it is on the farm and at the feedlot, at the saleyard, during transportation or during processing and distribution:

  • On the farm and at the feedlot

    The Australian red meat and livestock industry has a number of meat safety systems in place from the beginning of the supply chain which protects product integrity while ensuring traceability. These systems operate under independently audited programs developed in partnership with the Australian industry, government and other relevant organisations. These systems ensure that the safety and hygiene of Australian meat and livestock begins at the property of birth, thereby offering consumers a food safety guarantee. Read more about Australia's meat systems on the farm and at the feedlot >
  • At the saleyard and during transportation

    Meat safety systems continue along the supply chain with specific programs in place relevant to the transportation of livestock and their handling at saleyards. Despite livestock spending only a small amount of time in these places, Australia’s vigilance does not lapse. This continuum of meat safety systems illustrates Australia’s commitment to ensuring the entire supply chain is protected by rigid quality control measures. Read more >
  • During processing and distribution

    Meat safety systems are present throughout the processing of red meat, through to the packing and distribution of the final product. Rigid standards must be met to ensure product safety and quality. The Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is responsible for the final seal of food safety approval.

    The meat safety systems in place throughout the supply chain are unparalleled and offer all consumers of Australian meat a guarantee of food safety and hygiene. Read more >

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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