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Industry collectively writes to the Hon Jaclyn Symes Minister for Agriculture over the importance of traceability and integrity systems.

The Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council, Australian Dairy Farmers and Australian Livestock and Property Agents today wrote to the Hon Jaclyn Symes Minister for Agriculture expressing concern regarding the reported incidents of fraudulent tagging of cattle in Victoria.

All three organisations are represented on SafeMeat and the Integrity Systems Company which both manage our domestic integrity systems and have and will continue to actively encourage their members to report any suspected wrongdoing throughout the supply chain to the relevant authorities.

Australian Livestock Exporters' Council (ALEC) CEO Mark Harvey-Sutton said it was vital to keep scrupulous livestock records.

"If our systems are not adhered to, it can put the whole market at risk so it's incredibly important people maintain their integrity," he said. "It comes down to biosecurity and clear transparency in trading, so people get what they paid for."

ALEC supports the departments investigations into the claims of fraudulent tagging of cattle in Victoria and understand they are ongoing.

“Any activity to jeopardise our trading markets requires thorough investigations and severe penalties across all our respective areas of the supply chain if allegations are proven.”

“We recognise the incredible importance of our industry’s integrity systems in underpinning our international trade by providing surety around biosecurity and traceability.” says ALEC CEO Mark Harvey-Sutton.


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