ANDREW Little and Livestock Integrity Solutions Australasia have been appointed as the third-party auditors for the Australian Certified Humane cattle welfare standards.
Alisdair Robertson (left), the founder of the Australian Certified Humane certification program, said David Inderias and the Fresh Supply Co team, has also been contracted to capture all ACH supply chain data to the Mastercard Provenance blockchain, ensuring that consumers get the independent third-party audited grassfed, ACH product they pay for.
“All this will serve to strengthen the Australian Certified Humane standard,” he said.
Mr Robertson has worked through the supply chain as a cattle producer, butcher, beef retailer, restaurateur and wholesaler.
He launched the Australian Certified Humane program in 2016 after finding it difficult in his wholesale business Butcher’s Nook to secure a consistent supply of grassfed beef underpinned by an independent certified animal welfare standard.
His program aims to develop a network of certified producers who comply with Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Cattle and a range of additional conditions related to polled genetics, pain relief, water infrastructure and drought management strategies (see earlier article here)
Mr Robertson said the program’s certification process has now been taken to a higher level with the appointment of Livestock Integrity Solutions Australasia as independent, third-party auditors for the Australian Certified Humane beef welfare and Standing Grass, Legume and Pasture certified standards.
He said the ACH certification quickly and easily offers consumers the information they are looking for in the supermarket aisle and allows them to make purchasing decisions with confidence.
He said the program is soon to embark on a marketing campaign to drive interest in ACH certification with Australian producers and also to educate consumers and retailers about the program.
The aim is to have 200 ACH accredited cattle producers audited by the end of 2021, recognising the disruptions currently being caused by the COVID-19 crisis.
He said the program has also engaged and licensed a handful of well known, large scale domestic end users and is also discussions with international supermarket chains.
An end-user audit through Fresh Supply Co and Mastercard Provenance blockchain has also been developed to prevent substitution of certified ACH product.
“We also plan to develop third party auditable welfare standards for other animals; starting with sheep. The ACH accreditation system is equally applicable to any animal protein and can benefit their agricultural traceability supply chains.
“By the end of 2020, we plan to have compiled a set of third party auditable rules for lamb and wool production and to have begun marketing the scheme to sheep producers.”