Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC) has welcomed the latest regulatory performance report from the Department of Agriculture & Water Resources (DAWR), released this week, which reflects the strong commitment in improved animal welfare shared between livestock exporters and DAWR.
The report deals with investigations into supply chains in the Middle East, as well as Malaysia and Vietnam, and demonstrates the significant role exporters are playing in reporting supply chain non-compliance.
The Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) provides the regulatory framework for how Australian livestock can be handled and slaughtered in overseas markets, in accordance with international animal welfare standards.
ALEC CEO, Simon Westaway, said the ESCAS system is an acknowledged global-leading regulatory approach around the supply chain supporting livestock exports.
Mr Westaway said through ESCAS, every incident reported by industry, third parties or discovered through auditing is investigated. Exporters are required to address all issues identified by DAWR, by taking corrective action which can include the removal of non-compliant facilities from their supply chains.
“Australian exporters are committed to a transparent and fully accountable livestock export trade within the framework of the ESCAS regulatory system, which is shown to be helping to uphold the world’s best welfare, control and traceability standards,” Mr Westaway said.
“Good animal welfare outcomes represent good business. As such poor welfare outcomes are never condoned nor excused by livestock exporters.
“That’s why it is important for Australian exporters to continue our collaborative work in import markets, where our presence and ongoing levels of training and investment in the supply chain is helping to drive unprecedented improvements in livestock handling and slaughter practices.”
Mr Westaway said proactive reporting of leakage and other compliance issues by exporters was playing a vital role upholding the integrity of ESCAS.
“The latest report is a timely reminder that ESCAS is working and our trade is transparent and accountable,” he said.
The DAWR ESCAS reports released today can be found here: http://www.agriculture.gov.au/export/controlled-goods/live-animals/livestock/regulatory-framework/compliance-investigations/investigations-regulatory-compliance
ALEC Media Contact: Tom Dawkins via 0476 844 886 or firstname.lastname@example.org