The Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC), the industryâ€™s peak body that represents livestock processors and independent retailers, today launched the â€˜Australian Livestock Processing Industry Animal Welfare Certification Systemâ€™ or AAWCS.
Safe Food congratulates AMIC on the release of the AAWCS. This is an important â€˜through chainâ€™ initiative that will assist the meat & livestock industry to demonstrate commitment to animal welfare requirements in Australia.
The AAWCS is an independently audited certification program used by livestock processors to demonstrate compliance with the processing industryâ€™s best practice animal welfare standards titled the â€˜Industry Animal Welfare Standards for Livestock Processing Establishmentsâ€™ (The Standards).
In launching the AAWCS at the AMIC National Conference, Mr Tom Maguire, Chairman of AMICâ€™s Animal Welfare Committee, said â€œGood animal welfare practice is a requirement of customers of the Australian meat and livestock Industry both here in Australia and around the worldâ€.
Participation is voluntary and available to any Australian establishment that processes the major commercially farmed species including cattle, sheep, pigs, and goats.
â€œLivestock processors that are certified under the AAWCS also have exclusive rights to use the AAWCS Trademarkâ€.
Safe Food has already developed & released Standard Operating Practiceâ€™s (SOPâ€™s) for animal welfare. These reflect the minimum requirements for compliance with accreditation and the Food Production (Safety) Act 2000. These SOPâ€™s are consistent with the more detailed requirements in the voluntary AAWCS.
For more information visit the meat & meat products animal welfareÂ webpage.