I am writing to inform you aware of some important changes being introduced to enhance and strengthen the Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) program. Coming into effect on 1 October 2017, the changes will help to further safeguard Australia’s enviable status as a world leader in red meat safety, integrity and traceability.
From 1 October 2017:
1. Two new modules will become requirements of LPA accreditation: on-farm biosecurity and animal welfare practices.
2. LPA-accredited producers will need to renew LPA accreditation every three years. As part of this, producers will need to complete an assessment and pay a $60 (plus GST) fee every three years.
3. Online learning modules will be available to help producers understand their obligations.
4. A free electronic LPA National Vendor Declaration (LPA eNVD) will be available.
The changes are designed to ensure Australian red meat maintains its global reputation and stays ahead of its competitors. They will ensure our integrity system continues to meet customer expectations, and will give producers the evidence to stand by what they sell.
By having a renewed process of accreditation, producers will better understand their on-farm responsibilities and the crucial role they play in driving the growth and prosperity of our industry.
This e-bulletin provides an explanation of those changes, and what they mean at an on-farm level. As a stakeholder in the red meat industry, we ask you to read and share this information with your networks. It is critical that producers understand their responsibilities and the part they play in protecting the industry’s reputation.
Over the coming months we have a range of communication activities planned to keep industry informed of the changes. We’ll also be back in touch with additional tools and information – all designed to assist producers through the changes being made to the program.
I hope the information below answers any questions you have, however please don’t hesitate to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the hotline 1800 683 111 for additional information.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to understand the important changes being implemented to the program, which will further strengthen our integrity systems.
Dr Jane Weatherley
Chief Executive Officer
Integrity Systems Company