The Australian Livestock Processing Industry Animal Welfare Certification System

The Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC), the industry’s peak body that represents livestock processors and independent retailers, today launched the ‘Australian Livestock Processing Industry Animal Welfare Certification System’ or AAWCS.

Safe Food congratulates AMIC on the release of the AAWCS. This is an important ‘through chain’ 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 industry’s best practice animal welfare standards titled the ‘Industry Animal Welfare Standards for Livestock Processing Establishments’ (The Standards).

In launching the AAWCS at the AMIC National Conference, Mr Tom Maguire, Chairman of AMIC’s Animal Welfare Committee, said “Good animal welfare practice is a requirement of customers of the Australian meat and livestock Industry both here in Australia and around the world”.

Participation is voluntary and available to any Australian establishment that processes the major commercially farmed species including cattle, sheep, pigs, and goats.

“Livestock processors that are certified under the AAWCS also have exclusive rights to use the AAWCS Trademark”.

Safe Food has already developed & released Standard Operating Practice’s (SOP’s) for animal welfare. These reflect the minimum requirements for compliance with accreditation and the Food Production (Safety) Act 2000. These SOP’s are consistent with the more detailed requirements in the voluntary AAWCS.

For more information visit the meat & meat products animal welfare webpage.