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August, 2018|Market Access, Intl Competitiveness

Pork industry pins export future on QA systems

“The Australian pork industry is highly developed and innovative, with a skill base which is recognised around the world.”

Australian Pork Ltd chief executive, Andrew Spencer

Australian Pork Limited has introduced a number of systems to ensure the traceability and quality assurance of Australian pork, to improve product integrity and enhance market access.


Australian pork is unique in the world, coming from a country free of the major pork diseases that afflict so many other pork exporting nations. Despite an environment with very low presence of disease, Australia’s pork industry recognises the critical importance of traceability systems for pork and pork products.


Australian Pork Limited has introduced a number of systems to the industry:

  • PigPass provides real-time data on the movement of all pigs in Australia, from large scale commercial piggeries to a single ‘backyard’ pig kept as a pet
  • Physi-Trace is a paddock-to-plate tracking service that can be employed to validate the traceability of pork products, which have traditionally been difficult to trace once they have left the processing establishment
  • Australian Pork Industry Quality Assurance Program (APIQP®) is an on-farm quality assurance system based on HACCP principles. It manages farm risks by following good agricultural practices and provides the framework and standards by which pig producers can demonstrate they are responsible farmers


These systems protect Australian pigs and pig producers, but also faciliate the best possible export opportunities for overseas markets.

Tracking livestock movements helps improve food safety, product integrity and market access, particularly for the export market, and can also reduce the economic impact of disease.