The AVA Annual Conference is the nation’s premier veterinary event, covering all fields of veterinary science and in 2017 brought together over 920 veterinary professionals and 115 exhibitors.

We hope you will join us for the 2018 AVA Annual Conference in Brisbane, 13-18 May.    
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Monday, May 14 • 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Implementing new post-mortem inspection procedures and disposition judgements

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Traditional meat inspection procedures date back to the late 19th and early 20th Century and were designed to control important zoonotic diseases that were relatively prevalent in Europe and North America. Gross abnormalities of such diseases were detected using organoleptic techniques. Over the last 50 years or so, animal health and hygiene practices have continued to improve and traditional inspection procedures may not be suitable for contemporary meat inspection in the 21st Century. Currently both the red meat and pork industries have research projects underway with the overarching objective to demonstrate that alternative inspection procedures and disposition judgements can be implemented to deliver equivalent or better food safety outcomes compared with current procedures prescribed in the Australian Meat Standard. The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (the department) is the competent authority for the export meat sector and it is involved in a collaborative project with Australian Pork Limited (APL) and the Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC) to develop a national implementation procedure for the introduction of new post-mortem inspection and disposition judgements.


Samantha Allan

National Veterinary Technical Manager, Department of Ag, Canberra
Dr Sam Allan currently is the National Veterinary Technical Manager within the Meat Export Program of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. She has worked in the department since 2008 and has had various national operational roles including Area Technical Manager and... Read More →

Monday May 14, 2018 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Plaza P3 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre