Qual­ity dis­plays

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Ag Life -

Aus­tralian farm­ers will soon have the qual­ity of their pro­duce clearly on dis­play around the world as part of a Na­tional Trace­abil­ity Project.

Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture David Lit­tleproud said the project, which is un­der­way, would en­hance trust in Aus­tralian-grown prod­ucts and give Aus­tralian farm­ers a com­pet­i­tive mar­ket edge.

Mr Lit­tleproud said un­der the scheme au­thor­i­ties would be able to ‘more eas­ily’ trace where a biose­cu­rity or food-safety prob­lem be­gan, which would mean an iso­lated in­ci­dent would not im­pact a whole in­dus­try.

“It will let pro­duc­ers fully sup­port claims, such as ‘or­ganic’ and ‘en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly’,” he said.

“This im­prove­ment will build greater trust in Aus­tralian food and strengthen ‘brand Aus­tralia’.”

Con­sul­ta­tions will soon be un­der­way to de­velop a na­tional trace­abil­ity pol­icy frame­work and ac­tion plan within the next six months.

“Im­prov­ing our trace­abil­ity sys­tems will help us strengthen our rep­u­ta­tion for de­liv­er­ing high-qual­ity, clean, green and safe food,” Mr Lit­tleproud said.

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