Red Meat Integrity System
Stand by what you sell
People who enjoy Australian red meat – be it beef, sheep or goat – trust it is safe, ethically produced and of a high quality.
It is this trust that sees Australian red meat sold in more than 100 countries throughout the world. It is this trust that allows Australian livestock producers to stand by what they sell.
This trust is not something left to chance.
A system of food safety measures, quality assurance and traceability from paddock to plate, guarantees the integrity of Australia’s $22.9 billion red meat industry.
Three producer‐owned elements of this system are the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS), the Livestock Production Assurance Program (LPA) and the LPA National Vendor Declaration (LPA NVD).
The NLIS provides identification and traceability of livestock. Established to enhance our ability to track livestock during disease and food incidents, NLIS provides the information that maximises market access for Australian red meat globally.
LPA is an independently audited, on‐farm food safety program which provides evidence of livestock history and on-farm practices when transferring livestock through the value chain.
Producers declare this information on the LPA NVDs which are required for any movement of stock between properties – to processors, to saleyards or between properties if they have different Property Identification Codes (PICs).
The NLIS, LPA and LPA NVDs are complemented by off-farm food safety initiatives, which together build a culture of shared responsibility among all Australian livestock owners – one that acknowledges and embraces their role and reputation as producing safe, ethical and high quality food.
These three elements underpin a strong, profitable and prosperous long-term future – the future of an industry that employs more than 200,000 people and makes a vital contribution to our national and regional economies.