AQIS Meat Notice 2008/09 - On-going Endosulfan risk management program based on the National Vendor Declaration

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Date of effect: 24 November 2008
Date of expiry: Until further notice
Contact officers: Jim Derrick and Dugald MacLachlan

1 Purpose

To remind abattoir management and AQIS staff of their obligations in the ongoing management of residue risks in beef from endosulfan, and to provide an updated list of laboratories recognised for their endosulfan testing capability.

This notice replaces AQIS Meat Notice 2007/15.

2 Scope

This notice applies to all establishments slaughtering cattle for export.

3 Background

Endosulfan residues can threaten access for Australian meat to key overseas markets. AQIS Notices have been issued each year since 1996/1997 advising of the management elements of the Endosulfan Management program. AQIS Notice 2007/15 set out the program for 2007/2008.  That program relied on responses to Questions 4, 7 and in particular Question 8 of the National Vendor Declaration for Cattle (NVD) to identify cattle exposed to endosulfan residue risks. 

Endosulfan has wide uses in the cotton, horticulture and other cropping industries. Whilst usage on cotton is seasonal, it is used throughout the year on many other crops. It is therefore important to monitor the potential exposure of cattle to endosulfan throughout the year.

AQIS Notice 2007/15 directed abattoir management to test cattle for endosulfan if the answer to NVD Question 8 on the 1st Edition NVD and Waybill (Cattle) (Q7 of the 1st Edition EUVD and Waybill), and any future editions, was “yes” or “don’t know” or where there was no response to that question1. This was identified as an ongoing requirement until further notice. AQIS Notice 2007/15 also drew attention to NVD Questions 4 and 7.

The Endosulfan Technical Working Group (ETWG) has again assessed the expected risks of endosulfan residues to the beef industry from the use of endosulfan by various agricultural industries.  SAFEMEAT has accepted the ETWG recommendation that the 2008/2009 Endosulfan Management Program will be a continuation of the 2007/2008 program.

The ETWG will monitor residue risks related to endosulfan use through the summer months. Background testing is not anticipated but may be initiated if considered necessary.

4 Responsibilities
4.1 Establishment management

4.1.1

Collect and dispatch samples from sentinel animals for endosulfan testing where the answer to Q8 of the 1st Edition NVD and Waybill (Q7 of the 1st Edition EUVD and Waybill), or any other edition is “yes”, “don’t know” or where there is no response to that question1 according to the following testing rates:
Cattle no. Sample

10 cattle or less in the lot

Sample 1 animal

11 – 20 cattle in lot

Sample 2 animals

> 20 cattle in lot

Sample 3 animals

4.1.2   Testing is to be on a Test and Hold basis.  It is recommended that the balance of the lot be withheld from slaughter until the test results of the sentinel(s) are known.  If slaughtered, all carcasses must be held until the sentinel(s) test results are known.

4.1.3   Establishment management should also consider vendor’s responses to Questions 4 and 7 on the NVD (3 and 6 on the EUVD) to assess residue risks in consigned cattle fed conventional and by-product feeds that may contain residues of various chemicals, including endosulfan.

4.1.4   The AQIS OPS should be advised of sample collection, dispatch and animal identification details.

4.1.5   Testing is not paid for by the NRS and is to be funded under commercial arrangements.

4.1.6   Attachment 1 of this Notice contains contact details for laboratories listed by AQIS for endosulfan testing.

4.2  Aqis ops:

4.2.1.  Monitor the performance of the establishment in fulfilling the testing requirements of the Endosulfan Management Program.

4.2.2.  Notify abattoir management of the final disposition of the carcass based on the laboratory test result.

4.2.3.   In consultation with your ATM notify the relevant State/Territory authorities responsible for domestic meat inspection of laboratory results and final carcass disposition where animal carcass is released to the domestic market.

5.  Final Carcase Disposition

5.1 If the laboratory result is greater than the Australian MRL then the carcass is to be condemned and disposed of under AQIS supervision.

  • Establishment management should negotiate the fate of the balance of the lot with the vendor.

5.2  If the laboratory result is greater than the MRL of the proposed importing country but less than the Australian MRL, then the carcass and associated offal may be released to the domestic market.  AQIS will notify the relevant State/Territory domestic meat inspection authority of the laboratory test outcome and the final disposition.

  • Establishment management should negotiate the fate of the balance of the lot with the vendor. 

5.3 If the laboratory result is less than the importing country’s MRL and less than the Australian MRL (i.e. < 0.2 mg/kg) then the carcass is eligible for export. 

  • The balance of the lot may be slaughtered and released for export.


Carol Sheridan
Manager
Export Meat Program

 
Attachment 1


Laboratory testing

Only laboratories listed below are to be used for endosulfan testing for 2008-09. These laboratories are NATA accredited and have been approved by AQIS for endosulfan testing.

Only laboratories listed below are to be used for endosulfan testing for 2008-09. These laboratories are NATA accredited and have been approved by AQIS for endosulfan testing.

LABORATORY

ADDRESS

Queensland

QDPIF Chemical Residue Laboratory

Contact person: Dr Stephen Were

665 Fairfield Rd
Yeerongpilly QLD 4105
Phone (07) 3362 9415
Fax (07) 3362 9460

SYMBIO Laboratory

Contact Person - Mr Bruce Chen

44 Brandl Street
Eight Mile Plains QLD 4113
Phone (07) 3340 5700
Fax (07) 3219 0333

NSW

NSW DPI Chemical Residue Laboratory

Contact Person – Mr Tony Tyler

Wollongbar Agricultural Institute
1243 Bruxner Highway
Wollongbar NSW 2477

Phone (02) 6626 1200/6626 1223
Fax (02) 6626 1133

Western Australia

Analytical Reference Laboratory

Contact Person – Mr Kim Rogers

46-48 Banksia Road
WELSHPOOL WA 6106
Phone (08) 6253 4444
Fax (08) 6253 4440

 1The November 2005 1st Edition NVD and Waybill and the November 2005 1st Edition EUVD and Waybill do not have the option for a ‘don’t know’ response to these questions.