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African Swine Fever (ASF)

With ASF spreading through China and most recently confirmed in East Timor, APIQ_® urges ALL producers to take extra precautions with their herd’s biosecurity. Click on the link below to view the ASF Fact Sheet.

How can you protect your farm from the introduction of an exotic disease?

  1. Strengthen your farms biosecurity measures – Whether you are APIQ_® Certified or not you can protect your farm and help keep Australia ASF free by implementing and maintaining good biosecurity practices. The National Farm Biosecurity Manual for Pork Production (link below) contains information and specific procedures for pig farmers to follow to help reduce the risk of disease entering their property. There’s also this helpful video to assist you.
  2. Do not swill feed pigs, it’s illegal! – It’s also considered one of the most likely ways that an Exotic Animal Disease may be introduced in Australia, please take a moment to read the swill feeding fact sheet below and make sure your feed practices are safe.
  3. Report anything suspicious – to the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888.

Additional/detailed Information and resources can be found here on the Australian Pork Limited website.

APIQ_® Standards Manual

Version 4.5 5/2019 – Effective 1 July 2019

The APL Board has revised the APIQ_® Standards in light of recent and ongoing biosecurity threats.

Please refer to the APIQ_® Standards Amendment Table for Version 4.5 5/2019 which highlights the changes.

In addition, APIQ Certification Policies Seven (CP7) and (CP9) have been reworded and strengthened to provide greater authority when handling matters of non-compliance to the APIQ_® Standards and/or in relation to breaches of Australian Law.  The revised Certification Policies will take effect from 1 July 2019.

We urge you to familiarise yourself with both documents and if you have any questions, please contact APIQ Management.

Toll Free 1800 789 099

apiq@australianpork.com.au

APIQ_® Program Major Review, 2019

The APIQ_® Program will undergo a Major Review in 2019. The Review will address all aspects of the APIQ_® Program, from the APIQ_® Standards themselves through to verification options, manuals, publications, the website and everything in between, as well as benchmarking the APIQ_® Program against other leading livestock QA programs from Australia and around the world. Keep an eye out in the APL publications and your inbox for your invitation to take part in one of the many working groups which will be held in key locations around Australia. If you cannot make it to one of the meetings, send your feedback to us at APIQ@australianpork.com.au and we will ensure that your feedback is heard.

The Major Review will be managed by an independent consultant. Feedback and recommendations will be forwarded to the APIQ Panel and the APL Quality Assurance and Animal Welfare (QAAW) Committee. Any revisions or amendments that change the intent of the APIQ_® Program Policies and/or Standards must be approved by the QAAW Committee and endorsed by the APL Board.

We will ensure that you are kept abreast of the Major Review discussion topics via regular updates throughout the Major Review process. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact APIQM on 1800 789 099 or via email apiq@australianpork.com.au

Steven Miller

APIQ Operations Manager