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MEAT EXPORT STANDA .D i 1 2-0

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The Minister for Primary Industry, Mr. Anthony, has told

the House of Representatives he does not believe the Americans

are directing a vindictive campaign against Australian abattoirs.

He said some countries had been completely banned from the

United States meat market because their abattoirs did not meet

the required standards and their inst^ection..services also were

not of a sufficiently high standard.

"I would caution against being over—critical of the Americans,"

Mr. Anthony said.

He said he and his department faced a never—ending stream of

problems on meat inspection and exports., but tried to face up to

them and do what was humanly possible to ensure that abattoirs

could continue to operate.

"I know that many people would like to explode and tell the

Americans what they think of them," he said.

"But the Americans happen to be the buyers.

"At present there is a national issue in the United States

regarding food standards and the way food is prepared.

"It is related to the whole question of the quality and

standard of life, and such associated problems as pollution."

Mr. Anthony said the United States was enforcing a policy of

federal registration of American abattoirs trading across State

borders, and as a result of domestic pressure was being forced

to ensure that imported. meat came only from abattoirs with

standards at least equal to U.S. federal requirements.

He said: "While on the one hand the Australian Government is

being severely criticised by some meatworks for demanding that

their standards be improved, it is on the other hand being

criticised by meatworks which have been struck off the listfor

not having policed the inspection standards severely enough.

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"I give an assurance to the producers in Australia that the

Department of Primary Industry will do everything possible to

ensure that meatworks in Australia comply with the requirements that are being demanded of us by the Americans.

'TThe American market is an enormous market for the Australian meat industry, and a very valuable one."

CANBERRA

30th September, 1970

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