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On The Technical Side

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They got stuck in to some meaty matters at the most recent meeting of the Venison Processing Technical Committee. All venison processors can become members of the Committee, which meets three times a year and provides a useful forum for networking, liaison with relevant agencies and updates on key developments in the venison processing world.
During a busy day on November 21, they heard from groups like the Food Safety Authority, the Ministry of Agriculture's Verification Agency, the National Animal Identification and Traceability working group, AsureQuality, Deer Industry NZ and AgResearch MIRINZ.
The Committee considered export of venison from game estates, new developments in electronic certification, a possible review of the industry-agreed venison processing standards and perhaps incorporating them in to the Meat Code of Practice, the three-year old system of in-plant Risk Management Programmes, carton labelling, spray chilling of carcases, animal welfare, a rapid test kit for clostridial bacteria, Johne's disease and the all-important standard carcase trim which determines the value of carcases for levy calculations. Lindsay Fung of Deer Industry NZ also led a discussion about criteria for funding by DEEResearch of venison processing research. The Committee was also interested in a presentation by Elen Triumf, a visiting student from Lapland whose family own a Reindeer slaughtering facility.
The Committee next meets in March, July and November '08.

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