Meat Industry Association (MIA) members recently adopted an industry-agreed voluntary trim standard for beef and sheepmeat carcases that will ensure consistency between plants and companies.
The MIA Carcase Trim Standard sets out the amount of trim allowed to be removed from cattle and sheep carcases before weighing to assess payments to farmers. Adherence to the trimming criteria is assured in two ways: internally by the operator; and externally by a performance based audit every six months. Both internal and external verification procedures must be documented between the MIA and one of the three external verifiers: Ministry for Primary Industries; AsureQuality or Aus-Meat.
Complying meat companies are publicly listed on the MIA website.
Fifteen meat companies have already adopted the Standard: AFFCO NZ Ltd, Alliance Group Ltd, Auckland Meat Processors (AMP), CMP Ltd, Crusader Meats NZ Ltd, Fresh Meats NZ, Greenlea Premier Meats Ltd, Lean Meats Ltd, Ovation NZ Ltd, Progressive Meats Ltd, Riverlands Ltd, Silver Fern Farms Ltd, Taylor Preston Ltd, Te Kuiti Meat Processors Ltd and Universal Beef Packers (UBP) Ltd.
Agreed trimming criteria for beef and sheepmeat can be found on the MIA website www.mia.co.nz. In addition to meeting the set criteria, meat processors are also responsible for ensuring product is eligible for its intended market.
This article has appeared in Food NZ magazine (April/May 2013) and is reproduced here with permission.