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What does Meat Messaging do?

Meat Messaging is administered by AUS-MEAT with program management through a committee comprising of industry representatives including AUS-MEAT, DAWE, AMPC, AMIC and MLA.

The "Meat Messaging" system is an online tool for the creation, sending, receiving, attestation statements and compliance declaration of meat products (carton, carcases, carcase portions, pallets, bulk packs and containers) GS1 EANCOM messages. In addition, the Meat Messaging system also serves as a replacement to the eMTC for inter-establishment and domestication transports between one establishment to another.

These messages assist regulatory authorities with the authenticity, verification and traceability of meat products. The GS1 bar coding standards and GS1 EANCOM electronic message standards do not replace existing regulatory requirements, they assist and supplement these requirements.


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How Meat Messaging Facilitates Official Import Facility Remarking to the U.S.A

FSIS Directive 9900.5, Section VII, E. Procedures for Correcting Shipping Marks when Using Barcodes

Correcting Shipping Marks

Import Establishment can correct shipping marks without having a representative of the foreign government to supervise

  • Only when FSIS can verify the unique identifier within a barcode on the shipping unit using supporting documentation from the foreign country.

Supporting Documents Available

Supporting Documentation is available for Australian products through Meat Messaging

  • Meat Messaging System can be accessed by import establishment to view barcodes linked to the certificate
  • Same Day at no Cost

Accessible for Countries that are Eligible

Only allowed for countries that are eligible & only applies to establishments approved for such activity

  • Australia is eligible and FSIS inspection personnel maintain a list of approved Australian establishments in the FSIS internal SharePoint site they access to verify eligibility.


What is the FSIS Notice 62-20?

How Barcodes can be used in Lieu of Shipping Marks Pilot Program for Fresh Meat Products from Australia

Current Approval Practice

Australia Shipping Mark

Instead of Australia applying their shipping mark on products shipped to U.S. the barcodes on the pallet placard and individual cases will be used to verify approved Australian product in lieu of the shipping mark.

USDA Official Import Mark

Instead of applying the USDA official import mark of inspection to the individual cases, the mark is applied only to the barcode placard on each pallet in the shipment.

Pallet Wrapping

Inspection personnel will perform label verification without removing the plastic wrapped around the pallet, as long as the label attributes are visually identifiable.

Slip Sheets

Placing slip sheets on each crate when loading and unloading is pivotal. Adding slip sheets to the top of crates, whether it is placing the block into the container or removing it from the container, slip sheets need to be on the top and bottom of the block with machine wrap.

Meat Messaging Approval Practice

Reducing Labour Costs through Slip Sheets:

Meat Messaging pallet pilot uses a slip sheet palletising with Serial Shipping Container Code (SSCC)pallet labels as a replacement for individual carton/case shipping marks.

The time saving for the unloading/inspection has been shown to be reduced to

2 people 45 minutes instead of 5 people for 45 minutes to unload a container.

A 2019 pallet pilot to Philadelphia, U.S.A demonstrated this

Using Roller Forks for Loading and Unloading: How do they work?

The Roller Forks can be used for palletless handling. Roller Forks are in fact 'standard' lift truck forks with two layers of rollers. When the under most row of rollers touches the floor, it causes the uppermost rollers to rotate in the opposite direction whereby the forks slide under the slip sheet without disturbing the products.

When the forks are lifted up, the rollers 'fall' downwards and place the products securely on the upper side of the forks, enabling the products to be unloaded in the opposite loading order and works with shipping container floors.

The basic principle is that the upper rollers rotate at exactly the same speed but in the opposite direction of the lower rollers, which are in contact with the ground. When the Roller Forks are lifted up from the ground the rollers automatically lower and the load is held on the forks.