Australian Pork Industry Quality Assurance Program will be third party audited
JAMIE-LEE OLDFIELD, The Weekly Times (Australia)
December 3, 2017
THE pork industry will boost its quality assurance program by going to independent auditing next year.
From January 1, Ausmeat will be a third party auditor of the Australian Pork Industry Quality Assurance program.
Australian Pork Limited chief executive Andrew Spencer said the change was necessary to ensure the program was credible and sustainable.
“We heard concerns from our producers and the general public, and we have acted. We are committed to a responsible, sustainable pork industry.” Mr Spencer said.
“This means improving efficiency for our producers and continuing to look for better ways to do things. It also means being accountable to consumers of our product.
“Consumers are more aware and concerned about animal welfare and food safety. They require greater assurance from industry on these issues. That’s what APIQ provides.”
APL said instead of producers organising audits, Ausmeat would schedule it, while the APIQ panel would still review standards and policies, participate in incident investigations and issues and oversee critical corrective actions.