Industry Focus

Traceability

Livestock traceability is of increasing importance to livestock industries, consumers and regulators internationally.  The Australian pork industry operates in a global marketplace and ability to respond rapidly to contain a disease outbreak or food safety incident is vital to maintaining product integrity, food safety, biosecurity and access to markets for pork products.

NLIS (Pork)

NLIS (Pork) is the pork industry’s national livestock traceability system.  It was developed by industry in partnership with government in response to market and regulatory demands in 2008 with a view to ongoing development and continuous improvement. NLIS (Pork) is designed to link pigs to a property of origin using a Property Identification Code (PIC), registered pig identification (ear tags and tattoos), and pig movement documentation.

The PigPass system

The PigPass system is administered by APL on behalf of the pork industry. A PigPass National Vendor Declaration (PigPass NVD) functions as a movement document for livestock traceability and provides a declaration that pig production has been carried out in a way that meets agreed industry and government standards relating to food safety, animal disease control and animal welfare. Buyers and processors rely on this information to ensure only the safest food enters the supply chain.

A PigPass NVD should accompany all movements of pigs including when travelling to saleyards, abattoirs or to a property with a different Property Identification Code (PIC). Pigs must also be identified (with a pig tattoo or ear tag) in accordance with pig identification requirements in your state before movement commences.

For more information on the PigPass system and/or to obtain a PigPass NVD visit www.pigpass.com.au.

APL’s factsheet on pig identification requirements

APL’s PigPass Information Card