Maintaining high animal health and welfare standards is good for business, and an important factor in guaranteeing the quality of Australia’s red meat exports.
We have domestic regulations in place to ensure that animals are well cared for, and that good health is maintained. This includes strict rules on biosecurity, and guidelines on the use of antibiotics to prevent risks such as antimicrobial resistance.
Australia’s standards in this area are fully in line with those outlined by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the intergovernmental organisation coordinating and promoting animal health and disease control. Part of the OIE’s brief as a leading authority is to develop and benchmark countries against rigorous biosecurity and welfare standards. Australia is proud to be aligned with these standards across the supply chain, receiving the highest competency (level five) in 38 out of 47 criteria in the latest OIE benchmarking report. Our regulations are also equivalent to those in place across the EU, specifically Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 which establishes specific regulations for animal hygiene and food safety.
Continuing to ensure that we maintain the highest standards in animal health and welfare will help us maintain our status as a clean, green producer, completely free of major livestock epidemic diseases.
Article Date: 15th October 2019