NSW is the largest producer of poultry meat in Australia, producing around a third of the national total. NSW is also the second largest beef producer, accounting for around 20% of Australia’s total.
The NSW Food Authority currently licenses approximately 8,000 businesses in the meat sector, including about 60 abattoirs, 350 meat processing plants and 1,800 retail premises (butchers), as well as cold stores and more than 4,500 food transport vehicles.
Meat food businesses need to meet food safety and labelling requirements, which vary depending on the business type:
- retail meat premises (butchers)
- meat vans
- poultry product transport
- meat and poultry processing plants
- game meat harvester vehicles and game meat field depots/chillers
- game meat processing plants
- red meat abattoirs (domestic and export)
- poultry and non-red meat abattoirs
- poultry live transport
- poultry meat producers (farms)
- animal food vans
- animal food processors
- knackeries and rendering plants
- Uncooked Comminuted Fermented Meat (UCFM) Manufacturers
- Home slaughter and butcher services
The Australian Department of Agriculture provides export controls and assistance regarding exporting goods from Australia.
Meat businesses that wish to export meat and meat products can find information to meet their responsibilities from the Department of Agriculture.