Level 1 LPA (food safety) is a simple on-farm food safety program asking you to be able to ‘back up’ the claims you make on the NVD Waybill.
The LPA food safety standard consists of one module, Food Safety Management, made up of five elements:
- Property risk assessment
- Safe and responsible animal treatments
- Stock foods, fodder crops, grain and pasture treatments
- Preparation for dispatch of livestock
- Livestock transactions and movements
For each of the elements, there is a ‘food safety outcome’. The food safety outcomes are aimed at ensuring meat from your livestock is fit for human consumption.
To maintain LPA accreditation, you must comply with all elements. These elements relate to what you declare and sign off on when completing the LPA NVD/Waybill Edition 1. You are also part of a random audit pool.
LPA Quality Assurance
The LPA on-farm quality assurance (QA) program, incorporating the Cattlecare and Flockcare programs, consists of three modules: Food Safety Management (LPA Level 1), Systems Management and Livestock Management.
Note: Livestock producers have to be fully accredited in LPA Level 1 (or Food Safety Management) to participate in LPA QA.
Livestock producers can register for LPA QA and purchase a hardcopy of the LPA QA manual by phoning the MLA hotline on 1800 675 717.
Livestock producers can also register for free by using the LPA QA online tool. LPA QA online will allow producers to easily manage the LPA QA process and will also help in preparing for an LPA audit. The only cost will be payment for an annual audit, of which prices will vary.
Systems Management and Livestock Management, as with Food Safety Management, are each made of five elements:
- Internal auditing and document control
- Quality Records
- Document Control
- Chemical Inventory
- Livestock Husbandry and preparation
- Livestock handling facilities
- Livestock Transport
- Animal Welfare
- Accredited Livestock