Monday, March 23, 2009

In the News: Primary Industries Ministers to consider a national beef grading system

Federal Minister for Agriculture Tony Burke has agreed to a request by his NSW counterpart, Ian Macdonald, to put a national consumer orientated meat grading system on the agenda for the next meeting of the Primary Industry Ministerial Council (PIMC) to be held in Hobart on 24th April 2009.

The word around the traps is that the PIMC will also be asked to establish a working group to deal with all aspects of a consumer based meat grading system, consider any relevant findings of the current Senate inquiry into meat marketing and refer the issue to FSANZ (Food Standards Australia and New Zealand).


  1. Your ideas are not at all new.
    They are of course meritorious.
    John Carter spent many years of his life campaigning for exactly what you seek.
    It is no coincidence that the very victims of such a program would be bos-indicus breeds and straight euro breeds. The substituting meat companies would also suffer enormously with losses in ill-gained profit.
    As it is these interests who hold a majority share in our meat industry, and who won't give up their vested interest position, nor their lobbying power, you face a very tough fight.
    I am surprised that MacDonald is leading a charge for beef marketing reform,he might yet do something beneficial for agricultural interests in NSW.
    Good Luck. JG

  2. John G,

    Yes, John Carter has been fighting the good fight on beef grading since the early 80’s.

    The NSW Minister for Agriculture Ian MacDonald and Independent Richard Torbay are both to be congratulated for leading the charge for beef marketing reform, but as you say it will be a tough fight. They need as much support as they can get.

    Thank you for your support.

    Norman Hunt