Red Meat Advisory Council reviews whether industry standards are fit for future

The Red Meat Advisory Council is undertaking an independent review of the rules of engagement in the red meat industry.

The review will look at the industry’s Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), and examine whether it properly represents all sectors of the industry and is fit for the future.

Jim Varghese will lead the review. He has a 30 year track record of delivering results, as both a CEO and as head of government agencies in Queensland and Victoria.

Minister for Agriculture, David Littleproud, said the red meat industry is big business and the industry needs to make sure it’s ready for new opportunities and challenges.

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“The MOU put in place 20 years ago carves out the funding and service delivery arrangements between peak councils, RDCs and the Commonwealth.

“What was put in place two decades ago might not be fit for today,” he said.

“The review is also in line with the recommendations of the senate inquiry into the effect of market consolidation on the red meat processing sector.

“It is an important opportunity to set the direction of the sector,” said Littleproud.

The beef cattle industry, including slaughter and live exports, is the largest contributor to Australian agriculture, with gross production at $13 billion.