Monday, October 12, 2009

BEEF GRADING IS FRONT PAGE NEWS

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The need for greater consumer protections from mislabelled beef products was the subject of a front page article this week in the weekend edition of the Sydney Morning Herald.

"Shoppers have little way of telling the true quality of the meat they are buying", readers were told, "because there is no grading system for locally sold beef, nor any onus on retailers to inform their customers of the quality of a cut".

The Primary Industries Minister, Ian Macdonald, expressed his concerns about truth in labelling of meat products. ''The beef market is a national market" he said, "and we would like to see a national approach that can be adopted by all states and territories.''

The Minister has indicated the NSW Government is preparing to take the first step and introduce AUS-MEAT accreditation for NSW abattoirs.

The article can be viewed on the SMH website HERE.

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