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Meeting of mutton imports ban by U.S.



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S MINISTER FOR

TE MEN T PRIMARY I NDUSTRY

MEETING ON ICJ TON IMPO TSBAN Dy U.S.

The Meat Industry Advisory Committee met in Canberra today to discuss the ban imposed by the United States on mutton imports from Australia.

The Minister for Primary Industry, Mr. Anthony, said late this afternoon that he had been advised that the meeting,

chaired by the Secretary of his department, Mr. W. Ives, had

discussed the slaughtering, dressing, handling and inspection

procedures which it might be necessary for Australia to implement before Australian mutton shipments to the United States could be resumed.

Mr. Anthony said: "The Committee agreed today that the

solution to the present problem would not be easy and that, as a first step, it would be necessary for my department to continue its on—plant discussions with United States Department

of Agriculture veterinarians at present in Australia to obtain clarification of their exact requirements.

"Due to the lack of precise definition, there are clear differences of opinion on several points.

"A representative sub—committee was formed at today's meeting to consider ways and means whereby all concerned could adjust their procedures.

"This sub—committee will hold its first meeting in Sydney on Friday, 22nd May, and will report to the regular Meat Industry Advisory Committee meeting on 25th May.1°

Mr. Anthony said that representatives

the Australian Meat Board, the Australian Federal Council, the Australian Meatworks the Australian Public Abattoirs Authority meeting.

CANBERRA

14th May, 1970

of his department, Meat Exporters'

Federal Council and

attended today's