Our export meat market is enormous, consistently worth at least 7-10x our live ex market. In addition, it provides Australian jobs, value adding to Australian production. Yet the Australian brand value is threatened...by our live ex trade. Australian animals sent overseas, treated with antibiotics and other substances in the feedlots and on the boats, often killed before appropriate withholding periods for those medications in facilities that would not pass export standard for Australian slaughter or meat handling, jeopardise the Aussie meat brand. Thus the new bill...being put up by Nick Xenophon and supported by Bob Katter which seeks to make illegal the selling of meat from exported animals as "Australian product".
Apparently ALEC dont quite see it that way.....the Australia brand apparently extends to Aussie animals no matter how and where they are finished and slaughtered. One wonders, would wheat seeds originating in Australia but grown (aka "finished") overseas and contaminated with heavy metals be fine to sell as Aussie wheat too?
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