Residents and livestock producers interested in opportunities for small-scale artisan meat processing on Kangaroo Island have until the end of the week (Friday 30 November) to provide their feedback to the State Government.
Minister for Primary Industries and Regions Tim Whetstone said the release of a discussion paper and associated consultation process, which commenced last month, is a key step in delivering the government’s election commitment to review the arrangements for artisan meat processing on the Island.
"This election commitment has been driven by the fact that one of the challenges for livestock producers on Kangaroo Island is the lack of facilities to process locally grown livestock into meat products," said Minister Whetstone.
"This is why the State Government is seeking feedback from industry and community on a way forward.
"Kangaroo Island is well-known for its high-quality produce, including its meat products, and without an artisan meat processing facility on the island, producers must transport stock to an accredited mainland processor adding to production costs.
"The issues presented in the discussion paper have been informed by feedback we received in early discussions with Agriculture Kangaroo Island and this consultation period provides an opportunity for broader community feedback.
"This is an opportunity for the Kangaroo Island community and industry to identify opportunities for processing meat locally and cost effectively, while at the same time ensuring public safety and product suitability through compliance with the important national food and meat safety standards."
The discussion paper canvasses a number of options for supporting artisan meat processing on Kangaroo Island, as well as providing details on the current national arrangements for meat processing in South Australia.
Written submissions or feedback to the discussion paper can be emailed to PIRSA.FoodSafety@sa.gov.au by 5pm Friday (30 November 2018). For further information or to read the discussion paper visit www.pir.sa.gov.au/foodsafety