A safe and hygienic meat product

A safe and hygienic meat product

In order to protect Australia’s global reputation as a source of safe, traceable, quality red meat and to verify the performance based monitoring systems that underpin the Food Standards Code, the Australian red meat industry and the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment conduct regular pathogen assessment and monitoring programs. 

These ensure the ongoing delivery of safe and hygienic red meat products that meet consumer and regulatory requirements. 

Work under these pathogen programs is supported by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA). A key component of these programs is related to microbiological food safety and examines the use of scientific approaches to understanding food safety risks and develops systems to manage identified risks. 


The Australia and New Zealand food regulatory system is a joint system of policy and laws in Australia and New Zealand relating to food. In this system, food standards are developed under the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. Visit the website to learn more.  

The Australian government regulates the food industry so that food is safe to eat. The government works with Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) to develop our food regulatory system, which is enforced by state and territory governments and covers the processing and distribution of Australian red meat.  

In Australia, compliance with the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code for all foods is monitored by authorities in the states and territories. You can find a list of the enforcement agencies in Australia on the FSANZ website