LPA Quality Assurance
The Livestock Production Assurance On-Farm Quality Assurance (LPA QA) program, incorporating the Cattlecare and Flockcare programs, represents the second tier of the LPA framework.
What is quality assurance?
Quality assurance means being able to assure customers that you can produce a quality product to meet their specifications the same way every time. It is the customers who define quality.
A quality assurance system involves:
- putting in place documented procedures which identify the methods for carrying out each key production task
- recording the results of those actions
- checking that the results conform to expectations
- implementing corrective and preventive actions on all identified problems, to stop identified problems occurring again
Livestock producers have to be fully accredited in LPA level 1 (or Food Safety Management) to participate in LPA QA. The Cattlecare and Flockcare programs were initially developed by the Cattle Council of Australia and the Sheepmeat Council of Australia. Since the introduction of the LPA food safety program, Cattlecare and Flockcare have been incorporated into the grass fed industry's LPA QA program.
The LPA QA program is managed by the LPA Advisory Committee, the same committee that is responsible for management of the LPA food safety program.
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Find out more about or register for LPA QA bay calling the LPA Helpline 1800 683 111
LPA QA forms
After a strategic review of the existing program, Livestock Production Assurance Quality Assurance (LPA QA, incorporating CattleCare and FlockCare), a new program was identified and is currently under development - AgriSure. Until the standards and rules for AgriSure have been finalised, producers involved in the previous LPA QA program (incorporating Cattlecare and Flockcare) should continue to operate as usual. More information will be provided as the modifications to the standard continue.