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Tuesday, 27 April 1971

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Air) - I understand that the abattoir mentioned by the honourable senator was one of those de-listed late last year following an inspection by an American veterinarian because they were not up to the standard required by the United States of America for exports of meat to that country. He found that some aspects of the premises were not in accordance with the United States requirements. These included inadequate facilities and deficiencies in regard to equipment which would require fairly extensive alterations. I understand that the management has been informed of this and that as soon as the abattoirs are brought up to the requirements laid down the Department of Primary Industry will request that the American veterinarian go in and inspect the premises. Then, if they are passed, the abattoirs will be listed again for the export of meat to the United States market.

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