A national traceability project, which will help Australian farmers show the origins and quality of their produce, is underway.
Australian minister for agriculture, David Littleproud, said the project would enhance trust in Australian-grown products and give farmers a competitive edge.
”We’ll be able to more easily find where a biosecurity or food safety problem began so an isolated incident won’t impact a whole industry,” said Littleproud.
“It will also let us stop overseas shipments earlier if there’s a food safety issue. We already do this well but this will make us even better at it.
“It will let producers fully support claims, such as organic and environmentally friendly,” he said.
“This improvement will build greater trust in Aussie food and strengthen ‘brand Australia’.
“If we can demonstrate our food is world’s best we’ll see better profits for farmers,” said Littleproud.
Consultations will soon get underway to develop a national traceability policy framework and action plan within the next six months.
“Improving our traceability systems will help us strengthen our reputation for delivering high quality, clean, green and safe food,” said Littleproud.
The project is being led by a traceability working group with members from all Australian governments.