AUS-MEAT Limited is an industry owned company operating as a
joint venture between Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and the
Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC). AUS-MEAT runs
efficient, disciplined business practices operating under
internationally recognised Quality Management Systems: ISO 9001
MSA - Wholesale, Retail and, Food Service
AUS-MEAT is contracted by MSA to undertake annual compliance
audits of the MSA Trade mark use and the integrity of MSA traded
product. Every MSA licensed Wholesaler, Retailer and Food Service
outlet is subject to an audit against MSA Standards.
Food Safety (HACCP) Management Systems
AUS-MEAT's subsidiary company - AUS-QUAL Pty Ltd provides
Certification services for a range of Food Safety Programs.
AUS-QUAL is a certification body accredited by JAS-ANZ to provide
conformity assessment services for a range of national and
international programs. AUS-QUAL can also provide Organic
Certification to the Australian National Standard for Organic and
The Food Standards Code contains legislated requirements for
Food Labelling covering both food for retail sale and food for
catering purposes. Foods for catering purposes means those foods
for use in restaurants, canteens, schools, caterers or
self-catering institutions, where food is offered for immediate
consumption. FSANZ has developed user guides to help manufacturers,
retailers and food officers interpret and apply the Labelling
requirements of the Food Standards Code.
For a link to MSA for program information, Click HERE
Food Safety (HACCP) Management Systems:
- For Link to ISO 22000:2005 Food Safety Management Systems,
- AUS-QUAL Certification Services: www.ausqual.com.au
For Link to Food Standards Australia New Zealand - FSANZ, Click
DOMESTIC TRADE DESCRIPTIONS
What do the terms "Budget" and
"Manufacturing" mean on the domestic
The term Budget is defined as product that is sourced from
steers and cows with 8 permanent incisor teeth. Primal cuts derived
from carcases that have graded as Budget Cow or Budget OX must have
been chiller assessed to a predetermine colour range for meat and
fat colour. Carcases that do not qualify (or have not been chiller
assessed) to the specification criteria are described as
Manufacturing. (Tenderloin primal cut is exempt from the Budget
Product identified as category BEEF or the cipher * A * can be
derived from female, entire male or castrate animals with a
dentition range from zero to 7 permanent incisor teeth. (No SSC).
* SSC - Secondary Sexual characteristics.
Product items prepared from this category for the domestic trade
in CHILLED condition MUST be
identified as "BEEF" and not with the cipher * A *.
It is permissible to have FROZEN products
identified with the cipher * A * on the domestic market.
When purchasing products promoted as "A - Grade
Quality Meat "or "Export - Quality
Meat", the following information should be taken
The term "A - Grade Quality Meat"
is usually associated with the AUS-MEAT category cipher
*A * (frozen meat) which indicates that the
product is usually sourced from older animals up to and including 8
The term "Export- Quality Meat"
can mean any meat item processed to an export standard at an export
establishment can lay claim to this statement, no matter what the
age of the animal. The statement does not represent any criteria
representing the actual eating quality of the product.
Further information on the AUS-MEAT Language is available on the
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