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Australian Agricultural Council: standards for mutton



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MINISTER

PRIMARY I NDUSTRY

AUST T ALL 4N AGRICULTURAL COUNCIL

STANDARDS FOR MUTTON

It was reported to the Australian Agricultural Council

that the Department of Primary Industry had informed the meat industry

earlier this year that any animal so grossly contaminated by mud,

filth or faecal matter such as would constitute a hazard by

unnecessary contamination of the carcase during dressing operations

would not be allowed to be treated over a slaughter- floor at export

works.

The Council's attention also was drawn is statements

issued earlier this month by the Victorian Meatworks Association

announcing a ban on the purchase of dirty or contaminated livestock.

The Council received a telegram from the Association expressing

concern that livestock could be marketed in a dirty or contaminated

condition for purchase by meatworks.

The Association said that modern hygiene standards demanded

that such stock should not be offered for sale either from properties

or saloyards and that yards and transport vehicles should be so

constructed and maintained that they could not become sources of

contamination.

Mt. Hagen.

30th June, 1970.