Shock as meat import is banned


What will this mean for farmers?

Shock as meat import is banned

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What will this mean for farmers?

Three meat processing facilities can no longer export to Malaysia, following the issuing of a temporary ban, ABC News reported.

The Australian Government provided confirmation on the case.

In August of this year, imports from three enterprises including Thomas Food International (TFI) were suspended by the Malaysian Department of Veterinary Services.

This is the business’s second suspension in three month.

An Australian Department of Agriculture spokesperson told ABC News, that the remaining two enterprises in question were also involved due to "related to a review audit in conducted in May".

Patrick Hutchinson, Australian Meat Industry Council chief executive told ABC News that the known issue is yet to be uncovered by the companies in question.

"This was as a result of auditing that's occurred at those three establishments. At this stage, all we know is that these critical incident reports have been raised [with companies by Malaysian authorities]," Mr. Hutchinson told ABC News.

It is looking unlikely that livestock producers will be impacted and they ‘‘probably don’t know that it would be occurring’’ due to the small size of the market to Australia.

The main trading markets include US, Korea, Japan or China.

Australia's largest meat processor JBS, together with TFI, Kilcoy Pastoral, Australian Country Choice, the Northern Rivers Co-operative are still waiting to resume trade from their affected abattoirs.

ABC revealed that in a statement, the Agriculture Department spokesperson would not address specific questions about the companies affected or measures being taken to resume trade, but said it was "not uncommon in international trade for establishments to be suspended or lose listing on occasion due to non-compliances or changes in arrangements in overseas markets.

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