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Meat Industry Consultative Council

The Meat Industry Consultative Council (MICC) was established to provide the Minister for Primary Industries and the NSW Food Authority with a consistent and concise forum for consulting on matters relating to the Meat Food Safety Scheme. Specifically,

  1. the continuing operation of the food safety scheme
  2. any proposed amendment of the food safety scheme.

Its purpose is to consult with the NSW meat and poultry meat industry about the Meat Food Safety Scheme to ensure the production and sale of meat and poultry meat is safe and suitable for human consumption.

Section 105 of the Food Act 2003 requires the Food Authority to consult with industry sectors affected by a regulatory Food Safety Scheme.

Functions 

The MICC provides feedback to the Food Authority and the Minister for Primary Industries on industry issues including:

  • meat and poultry meat food safety policy and practices
  • labelling, handling and hygiene
  • investigating and prosecuting businesses and individuals engaged in deceptive or misleading conduct.

One of the MICC's key functions is to hold the Food Authority accountable for how the meat industry levy is expended.

Meetings

The MICC meets approximately every 6 months, with agenda items called for 1 month before each meeting.

Meeting outcomes

Terms of Reference

The primary objective of the MICC is to contribute to the Food Authority’s goal of ensuring the production and sale of meat is safe and suitable for human consumption. It does this by advising on policy and practices introduced into meat food safety schemes and developed through a consultative process.

The MICC consults with the Food Authority on food safety schemes under the Food Act 2003 about the meat industry.

The MICC and the Food Authority will consult on all meat industry matters covered by the provisions of Food Regulation 2015. This may include:

  • consultation on emergency management preparedness for the sector
  • consultation on emerging and contentious issues and risks for food safety
  • seeking input into the development and implementation of national primary production food safety standards
  • consultation on other issues of interest to the meat industry such as labelling, lamb branding, health claims and industry based education
  • assistance in the design and conduct of industry specific product-based surveys
  • regulatory effectiveness.

Where appropriate, the MICC may establish sub-committees to address specific issues between scheduled MICC meetings.

In addressing issues the MICC will, where appropriate, take into account the policies and practices of interstate and overseas government food agencies and industry organisations. Where appropriate, members will provide industry updates and current issues at each MICC meeting.

The Food Authority may continue to provide the Minister with its own advice on issues that come before the MICC.

Charter & Procedural Guidelines

Membership

Representation Name/Address Email
Chair DR LISA SZABO
Group Director Food Safety & CEO
NSW Food Authority
PO Box 6682 Silverwater NSW 1811
raquel.bonnar@dpi.nsw.gov.au 
(Senior Branch Support Officer)
Australian Meat Industry Council

MR PETER TALBOT
Member Services Officer
Australian Meat Industry Council
PO Box 266
Red Hill QLD 4059

ptalbot@amic.org.au
Read meat processors
(Australian Meat Industry Council)
MR WILL BARTON
Chief Executive Officer, Gundagai Meat Processors
PO Box 100 Gundagai NSW 2722
wbarton@gmpgundagai.com.au
NSW Farmers' Association - poultry meat producers


Position vacant

 
Duck meat industry
(Pepe's Ducks Ltd)
MR BRIAN CALDERWOOD
QA Manager
Pepe’s Ducks Limited
17 Walker Street,
South Windsor NSW 2756
brianc@pepes.net.au
Poultry meat industry processors
(Baiada Poultry Pty Ltd)
MR COLLIN NAIDU
Group Quality/Food Safety Manager
Baiada Poultry Pty Limited
PO Box 21
Pendle Hill NSW 2145
collin_naidu@baiada.com.au
NSW Department of Primary Industries MR IAN SANDERS
Director, International Engagement
NSW Department of Primary Industries
Locked Bag 21
Orange NSW 2800

ian.sanders@dpi.nsw.gov.au

NSW Department of Primary Industries DR SARAH BRITTON
NSW Chief Veterinary Officer and Group Director Animal Biosecurity
NSW Department of Primary Industries
Biosecurity & Food Safety NSW
Locked Bag 21
Orange NSW 2800
sarah.britton@dpi.nsw.gov.au


 
Australian Pork Ltd MS HEATHER CHANNON
Manager Product Integrity
Australian Pork Limited
C/- Horticulture Australia Ltd
Level 5, 606 St Kilda Road
Melbourne VIC 3004
heather.channon@australianpork.com.au
 
Poultry meat industry (Australian Chicken Meat Federation) DR VIVIEN KITE
Executive Director
Australian Chicken Meat Federation
PO Box 579
North Sydney NSW 2059

Alternate rep: Dr Kylie Hewson,
Deputy Executive Director
vivien.kite@chicken.org.au




kylie.hewson@chicken.org.au
Poultry meat industry processors
(Inghams Enterprises Pty Ltd)
 
MRS KATHERINE BALDING
Technical Services Director
Inghams Enterprises Pty Limited
Level 4, 1 Julius Avenue
North Ryde NSW 2113
 kbalding@inghams.com.au

MICC contact

Enquiries regarding the MICC can be made by contacting the relevant industry representative, or the NSW Food Authority helpline at: