Meat quality assurance Australia overhauls scheme
A wholly-owned subsidiary of MLA, the Integrity Systems Company – formerly NLIS Ltd – will deliver the Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) program, National Vendor Declarations (NVDs) and the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS). The new streamlined structure is designed to help ensure resources are more effectively directed.
The establishment of the Integrity Systems Company follows a recommendation by industry and government in 2015 – through their Safemeat partnership – that one company be given responsibility for delive ring a fully integrated integrity system.
The LPA program provides evidence of livestock history and on-farm practices to ensure Australian meat is safe to eat, while the NVD provides the mechanism for the transfer of information and the NLIS gives full traceability through the value chain.
MLA also plans to invest up to AUS$10 mill. to co-fund the installation of DEXA objective measurement systems in red meat processing plants. Under the project, MLA will work with partners to develop a single scientific measurement of lean meat yield, as well as systems to collect and use data across supply chains for future research and development in genetics, animal health and husbandry, processing automation and other productivity improvements on- and off-farm.
MLA managing director Richard Norton said the DEXA installations would be funded via matching contributions from participating processors and the MLA Donor Company (MDC).