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Under the Australian Meat and Live-Stock Industry Act 1997 all Export Abattoirs and Export Boning Rooms must hold AUS-MEAT Accreditation. AUS-MEAT Accreditation is optional for Domestic registered Abattoirs and Boning Rooms.

Abattoirs and Boning Rooms licensed by State Regulatory authorities may consider AUS-MEAT accreditation adding some value to their operation and in some cases providing access to Tender procurement. These operations voluntarily accept the requirements (and benefits) of being AUS-MEAT Accredited.

AUS-MEAT Limited is cited as the 'Standards Body' responsible for setting standards for meat for export under Regulation 3 (1) of the Australian Meat and Livestock Industry (Export Licensing) Regulations 1998. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) confirms the arrangements between DAFF and AUS-MEAT for the verification of trade description requirements under the Export Control Act 1982 and the Export Control (Meat and Meat Products) Orders 2005 (Orders).

The principal objectives of AUS-MEAT relevant to this Memorandum are the management of Industry Standards for trade description through the Australian Meat Industry Classification System (AUS-MEAT Language) and the AUS-MEAT National Accreditation Standards for AUS-MEAT Accredited Enterprises. The National Accreditation Standards are designed to protect the integrity of the AUS-MEAT Language and the interests of the Australian Industry in relation to the sale, distribution and export of Australian Meat and the reputation of AUS-MEAT Limited.

The AUS-MEAT Language is a common language which uses objective descriptions to describe meat products accurately to meet market requirements both nationally and internationally. A trade description that conforms to the AUS-MEAT Language is taken to be accurate for the purposes of compliance with export legislation and that the AUS-MEAT Approved Quality System forms the trade description part of a registered establishment's Approved Arrangement with DAFF.

Abattoirs / Boning Rooms (including Food Service operations) wishing to be accredited by AUS-MEAT must implement an AUS-MEAT approved quality management system designed to ensure consistency of quality and accurate product description. Training is an integral part of AUS-MEAT Accreditation and our Training services are provided to comply with industry standards to ensure trained personnel implement correct use of the AUS-MEAT Language and accurate product description terminology is applied to all meat products. AUS-MEAT's status as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) ensures Training courses comply with Training and Assessment Standards under the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF).

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Please go to our Accreditation Search page for a list of AUS-MEAT Accredited Enterprises.

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