The ultimate output of AECL's Salmonella Initiative will be a through-chain risk idenitification report that includes research-based knowledge to be used as the basis for management of each risk which will also identify knowledge gaps that can be filled through the AECL R&D program.
Through the Salmonella Initiative AECL has been collaborating with relevant through-chain stakeholders (producers, retailers, health departments, regulators, food service operators, chefs) to identify appropriate controls measures at various stages through chain. For further information, please click here.
Recently AECL wrote to all known levy payers informing them of the intention to commence the process to reduce the EADR levy to zero.
Due to outbreaks of Avian Influenza (AI) in 2012, one in ducks in Victoria and two among laying hens in NSW, the Emergency Animal Disease Response (EADR) levy was increased in 2014 from zero to 1.4 cents per chick purchased. The industry liability of approximately $390,503 has now been repaid in full, negating the need for the levy.
As the process to change the levy takes a considerable time, AECL proposes that any levy collected in surplus of the EADR industry liability will be held in trust by Animal Health Australia for use if the Australian egg industry should it incur another EADR liability in future.
The Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources has agreed to the commencement of a 30 day objection period to the resetting of the levy. The period will commence on 22 February 2017 and finish on 21 March 2017.
If you wish to record an objection please do so by emailing email@example.com and also to the Department of Agriculture in Canberra firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information regarding the proposal to assist you in determining whether you wish to object or not, please do not hesitate to contact Sue Hardwick, on 02 94096904 or email@example.com.