The Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) Program is Australia's
on-farm food safety certification program.
The LPA food safety standards are associated with basic on-farm
food safety guidelines, which underpin food safety declarations in
the suite of LPA National Vendor Declarations (NVDs) which include
Cattle, Sheep, Goats, Bobby Calf and EU.
The NVD in turn is the principle document by which information
regarding the food safety residue history of livestock is
transferred from one property to another and from one producer to
another; through agents, saleyards, feedlots, exporters and end
users including processors and retailers.
The LPA standards are based upon five (5) key areas:
For each Element, there is a 'food safety outcome'. Each outcome
is aimed at enabling producers to verify the claims made on NVDs in
relation to meat from livestock being fit for human
LPA is owned by the red meat industry through AUS-MEAT Limited.
The LPA program is managed by the LPA Advisory Committee (LPAAC),
which comprises representatives from key industry sectors including
cattle, sheep, goat and dairy producers, processors and livestock
LPA accreditation is linked to Property Identification Codes
(PICs). Producers that wish to use LPA NVDs must ensure that their
PICs are accredited in the program. LPA NVDs can be purchased by
selecting Order NVDs
To maintain LPA accreditation, livestock producers must comply
with each of the five (5) elements. Accredited producers are also
eligible to participate in audits, to verify the effectiveness of
the systems implemented on farm to ensure the LPA Standards are
Practical information on how you can ensure that each of the
five Elements are met on your farm can be found under Tools to
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