In 2011, the Farmer Review of the Livestock Export Industry (commissioned by the Australian Government) recommended that the industry explore the application of quality assurance to complement the Government’s regulatory compliance and control program, the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS).
In response, the industry initiated research that explored the role of quality assurance and risk assessment as tools to assist exporters meet and demonstrate that livestock are treated in accordance with ESCAS animal welfare requirements. As a result, a welfare and risk assessment and certification program – the Livestock Global Assurance Program (LGAP) - was developed.
In April 2018, the Australian Livestock Exporter’s Council (ALEC) and its members unanimously endorsed the implementation of LGAP across the industry and international supply chains.
As a global program LGAP will be independent of the Australian livestock export industry and Government, and therefore will enable exporters to provide greater assurances to the regulator and Australian community that ESCAS requirements are being met.
The LGAP research report can be found on the LiveCorp website.