Animal Health Australia (AHA) participates in advisory and standards committees for Australia’s National Livestock Identification program for the Australian pig industry.
NLIS (Pigs) refers to the Australia’s Pork Supply Chain Integrity System, in which traceability is a key feature of the system. It is managed by Australian Pork Limited.
From 1 February 2018, state and territory governments will legislate for mandatory NLIS requirements for the traceability of pigs. This includes identification. All weaned pigs leaving the property will need to be identified with a brand/tattoo or an NLIS approved pig tag.
The pork industry system integrates programs and systems developed by industry supply chain members and governments, and comprises four components:
- PigPass National Vendor Declaration (NVD)—pig producer declares pig husbandry practices and food safety risk management when moving pigs; carries property identification code and pig tattoo number to facilitate traceability.
- On-farm Quality Assurance—validates the PigPass NVD and verifies compliance with legislative requirements.
- Linkage of the PigPass NVD with abattoir systems—links the animal and the carcase; abattoir management uploads information to the NLIS (Pigs)/ PigPass database (see PigPass website for details).
- Validation tool (scientific method is currently being researched by the pork industry) – validates the pork supply chain integrity system for rapid resumption of trade in event of a food safety incident.
Pigs listed on the PigPass NVD are physically identified through the use of a slap brand (pig tattoo) that is defined and enforced by state and territory legislation.
For more information on NLIS (Pigs) and traceability visit the Australian Pork Limited website.