Commodity Vendor Declaration – a way to manage the risk of purchased feed

Jess Rummery, Manager Biosecurity and Extension, Northern Australia

Do you use a Commodity Vendor Declaration to manage the risk of purchased feed?

This Declaration is a simple yet valuable tool you can utilise and incorporate into your biosecurity plan. It provides you with important information on the integrity of the feed you are purchasing and any chemicals that may have been used on the product being bought. This information is important for managing the risk of chemical residues in your livestock and protecting not only food safety but ultimately your bottom line.

If residues over the acceptable limits are found in livestock presented at abattoirs, it can result in carcasses being condemned, impacting on the market and resulting in price losses or even being shut out of markets. Using the Commodity Vendor Declaration is a way of gathering and keeping records that show how you are managing the risks associated with chemical residues in your feedstuffs and therefore ensuring you are upholding your food safety obligations in the supply of safe livestock.

Simply request a Commodity Vendor Declaration when purchasing livestock feed and use the information to manage the sale of livestock off your property, ensuring only those eligible to enter the processing and export chains are sold into them. The information contained in the Commodity Vendor Declaration is also valuable in ensuring you are making accurate declarations on your NVDs when selling your livestock.

If the person or property you are purchasing feed from is not familiar with the Commodity Vendor Declaration you can send them a copy, provide a link to the web version or take a hard copy version along with you when picking up the feed and ask that the seller completes the form.

The Commodity Vendor Declaration is completely free to use and is available online on the MLA website. The use of this document can be incorporated into your biosecurity plan and help you to increase your on-farm risk management practices under the Livestock Production Assurance Program.

For more information on managing chemical residues and other biosecurity, food safety and animal welfare concerns, contact your nearest Livestock Biosecurity Network manager at http://www.lbn.org.au/regional-managers/