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Moves to overcome U.S. mutton imports ban



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R E S S MINISTER FOR

E M EN T PRIMARY INDUSTRY

MOVES TO OVERCOME U.S. MUTTON IMPORTS BAiT

A set of recommendations designed to overcome many of

the problems in the exporting of mutton to the United States has

1y been drawn up by the Meat Industry Advisory Committee.

The recommendations, which list handling and dressing

procedures needing special attention.,will be conveyed immediately

to mutton processors.

The Minister for Primary Industry, Mr.. Anthony, said

tonight that the recommendations were the result of'a report

submitted to a meeting in Canberra yesterday and today of the

Meat Industry Advisory Committee by a sub=committee set up at last

week's special meeting.

The recommendations also followed discussions in the last

few days between officers of his Department and United States

veterinarians at present in Australia.

Mr. Anthony said the meeting also discussed more stringent

inspection procedures which it would be necessary to introduce to

meet the standards.req_uired by the United States authorities.

Be said the committee had adjourned its meeting until

Thursday week, when, at the invitation of the Chairman of the

Metropolitan Meat Industry Board, Mr. P.S. Hill, it would reconvene

at Homebush Abattoir in Sydney to make an on-the-spot assessment

of the effects these procedures would be likely to have on the

mutton industry generally.

Mr. Anthony said he had been advised that the Meat Industry

Advisory Committee believed the recommendations, if implemented,

would overcome many of the problems of contamination in dressing

export mutton.

CA BEYRA, A.C.T. 26 May 1970.