The NZ Farm Assurance Programme covers the audit and certification of sheep, beef and deer farms. This certification assists processors/exporters to maximize product eligibility for different commercial customers and supply programs as well as helping to meet domestic regulatory compliance requirements.
Consumers are becoming increasingly interested in the provenance and traceability of the food they buy and having confidence that the way it is produced meets their expectations. There is an increased call for products which have been ethically produced as well as being safe to eat. This demand from consumers is answered by buyers who now demand that their suppliers meet specific standards when it comes to production.
The NZ Farm Assurance Programme is being initiated to assure customers that farms in New Zealand all have a baseline quality standard.
A correctly completed ASD form must accompany all livestock being sent for slaughter.
Issued with an electronic “Eligibility Document” (ED) that facilitates the movement of skins from the supplier’s slaughterhouse to the fellmongery. Meat processors issue ED’s to the skin processor under the MPI approved premises numbers (“Export Approved Premises”).
Exported under MPI certification named a “Certificate for Hides and Skins exported to India” if the destination is India or “Certificate for Hides and Skins exported from New Zealand” if the destination is another country. This certificate is issued in conjunction with the exhaustion of ED’s as per above.
There are four main drivers for the NAIT system:
An effective livestock traceability system enables New Zealand to respond to a biosecurity incursion or exotic disease event by tracing suspect or infected livestock.
New Zealand provides assurance to local and overseas markets about food safety standards and product integrity through traceability of livestock and the associated property of origin.
Market assurance and access
New Zealand provides assurance to both local and overseas markets and customers of the attributes associated with livestock product integrity, for which traceability is a clear requirement.
Animal health surveillance
NAIT provides the ability to integrate animal health information and enable the monitoring, surveillance and management of both endemic and exotic diseases.
There are various levels of traceability depending on the animal. For further information and details please contact REALGRADE LEATHER.