NVD changes on the way for goats
19 May 2020
A suite of changes to the National Vendor Declaration (NVD) is being released this year, providing an easier, more efficient and cost-effective system for producers and supply chain stakeholders to interact with Australia’s red meat integrity system.
The NVD communicates the food safety status of every animal every time it moves along the value chain – between properties, to saleyards or to processors.
The changes include:
- the release of updated versions of NVDs for all species in July
- the decommissioning of the eDEC system at the end of the year.
This follows the release of the updated electronic National Vendor Declaration (eNVD) system in March.
Integrity Systems Company (ISC) CEO Dr Jane Weatherley said the development of updated versions of Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) NVDs for all species is a result of a 2019 SAFEMEAT review of all current NVD versions, which recommended a number of changes be made.
From 1 July 2020, an updated version of LPA NVDs for goats will be available, and will be identified by version number 0720.
“Current versions of NVDs for goats will continue to be accepted until 31 December 2020. From 1 January 2021, only the updated versions of NVDs (0720) will be accepted for goats,” Dr Weatherley said.
Key changes to NVDs include:
- removal of Part C (Agent’s Declaration), which is rarely used by industry and is not required for any legislative reason
- the inclusion of a ‘destination PIC’ section, which is a legislative requirement in WA and Tasmania and will be optional for other states.
As part of MLA’s Accelerated Adoption Initiative announced in November 2019, there is no cost for NVD books until 30 June 2021.
The digital LPA eNVD system will automatically switch over to the new version from 1 July 2020, so goat producers using this option can have peace of mind that they’re always accessing the latest version.
“The new eNVD system does everything the eDEC does but in a more user-friendly way, and as a result, the eDEC system is being decommissioned,” Dr Weatherley said.
Sale of eDEC tokens ended on 30 April 2020. Any eDEC users who have eDEC tokens on their account can use them up until 31 December 2020 when the eDEC will be decommissioned.
After 31 December 2020, users who need or want to continue using an electronic NVD can use the eNVD.
“To accommodate all these NVD changes, the online LPA service centre is undergoing updates which LPA users will notice when they log in,” Dr Weatherley said.