What is the red meat integrity system?

A system of food safety measures, quality assurance and traceability from paddock to plate, guaranteeing the integrity of Australia's red meat industry to our customers. Red meat integrity programs are delivered by Integrity Systems Company - a fully owned subsidiary of Meat & Livestock Australia.

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A system of food safety measures, quality assurance and traceability from paddock to plate, guaranteeing the integrity of Australia's red meat industry to our customers. Red meat integrity programs are delivered by Integrity Systems Company - a fully owned subsidiary of Meat & Livestock Australia.

Australia's red meat integrity system ensures the livestock industry can stand by what it sells.

Incorporating on-farm assurance and livestock traceability, the red meat integrity system protects the disease-free status of Australian red meat and underpins the marketing of our product as clean, safe and natural. Integrity Systems Company (ISC) is responsible for delivering this world leading red meat integrity system, managing and delivering the industry’s on-farm assurance and through-chain traceability programs. 

Integrity Systems Company

ISC was launched following a recommendation by industry and government in 2015 through their SAFEMEAT partnership—that one company be given responsibility for delivering a fully integrated integrity system. ISC was established in 2017.

Through the integrity programs of NUS, LPA and NVD, the Integrity Systems Company can ensure the food safety and traceability of Australian red meat for our domestic and intemational customers and protect Australia's access to over 100 export markets.

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Red meat integrity system stakeholders

Policy and strategy for the red meat industry is guided by the Meat Industry Strategic Plan developed through the Red Meat Advisory Council. Beneath this umbrella sit the peak industry councils, including Australian Lot Feeders’ Association, Cattle Council of Australia, Sheep Producers of Australia and Goat Industry Council of Australia. Together these peak councils provide direction and monitor the performance of service provider entities, including Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and its wholly owned subsidiary, Integrity Systems Company (ISC).

MLA’s remit is to deliver marketing, research and development products and services to the beef cattle, sheep and goat sectors, with the core purpose of fostering the prosperity of the red meat industry.  

Integrity Systems Company (ISC) works collaboratively with state, territory and federal governments and a range of stakeholders on the red meat integrity system, to protect the disease-free status of Australian red meat and underpin the marketing of our product as clean, safe and natural.

Management of compliance within the integrity programs relies upon the collaboration between ISC and the red meat integrity system stakeholders. The National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) is a compulsory program, legislated in each state and territory.  Compliance with NLIS requirements is managed by individual state and territory authorities in collaboration with ISC.  Compliance within the Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) program is managed by ISC, incorporating the services of AUS-MEAT who conduct both random and targeted on-farm audits. 

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