Scoping a QA program for the Chicken Meat Industry – Scheme Support Services

Scheme Support Services Pty Ltd

  • Project code: PRJ-011169

  • Project stage: Closed

  • Project start date: Sunday, July 1, 2018

  • Project completion date: Wednesday, October 31, 2018

  • National Priority: CME-Priority 3-Contributing to efficient and secure chicken production systems


Following the development of the Harmonised Australian Retailer Produce Scheme (HARPS) in the Fresh Produce industry (food safety and trade compliance), the chicken meat industry wishes to investigate the possibility of achieving similar pathway to reduce the audit burden on businesses in their sector.
The consolidation of multiple compliance requirements in to a single QA program / framework is attractive to the chicken meat industry both in reducing the time burden and cost of multiple audits. The case for consolidation is further strengthened by an increasingly variability in the quality of audits; something that could be better controlled through the development and ongoing management of an industry wide compliance scheme.


Chicken Meat

Research Organisation

Scheme Support Services Pty Ltd

Objective Summary

1. Scope the potential to reduce the audit burden for the chicken meat industry across all areas of compliance, including but not limited to quality, food safety, animal welfare, environmental issues and biosecurity requirements.
2. Develop a through chain QA program / framework for the Australian chicken meat industry in consideration of existing resources, guidelines and standards and in compliance with both regulatory and customer requirements.