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Changes to the LPA quality assurance system for red meat producers from 1 October 2017

Australia’s world leading red meat integrity system will be enhanced and strengthened through significant upgrades to the Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) program from 1 October 2017.

The changes are designed to ensure the Australian red meat and livestock industry maintains its global reputation as a world leader in food safety, integrity and traceability, giving producers the evidence to stand by what they sell.

The strengthening of LPA involves the introduction of biosecurity and animal welfare requirements, a regular online assessment and online learning modules to support producer understanding of their on-farm requirements.

  • Existing LPA-accredited producers don’t necessarily need to do anything immediately. They will be notified two months before their accreditation is due for renewal of what action they need to take.
  • Producers must complete the assessment to renew LPA accreditation every three years. 
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    What do producers need to do: 

     

    →   Before 1 October 2017 

    • become familiar with the new biosecurity and animal welfare requirements
    • complete online training through LPA Learning which has dedicated modules for biosecurity and animal welfare, as well as all of the other LPA elements 
    • develop a Farm Biosecurity Plan (download a template here)
    • learn more about the changes to LPA by reading the FAQs here  ​​​​​​​

    ​​​​​​→   From 1 October

    • ensure that on-farm systems meet the new requirements 
    • have a Farm Biosecurity Plan in place
    • ensure on-farm handling of livestock is consistent with the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for cattle, sheep or goats 
    • complete the assessment and pay the fee – when LPA  accreditation is due.

     For more information regarding the changes to the LPA program, visit the MLA website.