New Zealand Farm Assurance Programme (NZFAP)
New Zealand currently has a range of industry audit systems operating and NZFAP will streamline the process for farmers and ensure everyone is working to the same baseline standard.
NZFAP is the foundation upon which the collective red meat industry can deliver an authentic and independently verified best-practice animal raising and production assurance standard to our International consumers. Today's modern meat consumer is asking where has this product come from? How was it raised? Is it safe for my family to eat? Red meat produced under this programme comes with assurances in terms of integrity, origin, traceability, bio-security, environmental sustainability and animal health and welfare, all essential ingredients when it comes to maximising product returns and meeting the expectations of our diverse International consumer audience.
All NZ red meat farmers should aspire to achieve, and be NZFAP accredited. All NZ meat exporting companies should adopt the foundation standard. The NZ red meat industry will have a single NZFAP that harmonises standards, eliminates duplication and provides NZ representatives a stronger negotiating position in regards to OMARs (Overseas Market Access Requirements) and global market access for NZ red meat production.
The new programme will enhance our already high customer confidence in the New Zealand supply chain. As well as being a sheep and beef sector collaboration, RMPP has also teamed up with a deer industry PGP programme called Passion2Profit, to create an across the board and robust approach. For farmers who are already farm assured through their meat processor, there will be very little change in terms of what will occur the next time they are audited. It will be a gradual transition from existing to the new industry standard. Support will be available from participating processors for those farmers new to farm assurance.
The ultimate goal is that all sheep, beef and deer farmers will be involved in NZFAP. The national rollout has started (June 2017) with many farmers being accredited during the next three years.
1. That the scope of NZFAP does not and is not intended to cover all the requirements contained in the Animal Welfare Act, the Codes of Welfare and the Regulations. Farmers should make themselves aware of their obligations.
2. The Animal welfare regulations are currently undergoing amendment with new regulations due to come into force over a period of one to two years. This link will take the reader to the current legislation in force as well as providing information on upcoming changes.
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