Quality Control

Stringent quality controls underline all aspects of the kangaroo industry and the harvest process is tightly regulated and monitored. All kangaroos must be harvested according to the National Code of Practice for the Humane Harvesting of Kangaroos and Wallaby for Commercial Purposes.  In addition, Harvesters and Processors must comply with the Australian Standard for the Hygienic Production of Game Meat for Human Consumption.   

All Harvesters must undergo government approved training before they can get a license. An idea of the level of complexity of this training can be had by a quick look at the Handbook given to all Harvesters in NSW available here: Handbook for Kangaroo Harvesters Compliance against the regulations is monitored by State and Federal Government Authorities.

The level of compliance in the kangaroo industry is extremely high. Using NSW as an example, in 2013-14 the overall compliance level in kangaroo industry audits conducted by the NSW Food Authority was 99%, the best of any industry they monitor and considerably higher than the State average in that year of 93.9% for all food business.

The level of compliance in the kangaroo industry is extremely high. Using NSW as an example the NSW Food authority conducts over 600 unannounced audits of kangaroo harvesting and processing operations and audits them for compliance with their regulations and standards.  In 2013-14 the overall compliance level in kangaroo industry audits conducted by the NSW Food Authority was 99%, the best of any industry they monitor and considerably higher than the State average in that year of 93.9% for all food business. Australian Standard for the Hygienic Production of Game Meat for Human Consumption. Again compliance is extremely high, in 2014-15 for the eighth year in a row no kangaroo samples exceeded approved safe levels for any chemical of concerns examined
 
All kangaroos are processed for meat in government licensed establishments dedicated to game meat processing. Processing operations are controlled by the Australian Standard for the Hygienic Production of Game Meat for Human Consumption. Every kangaroo processed for human consumption meat is inspected by a government licensed Meat Inspector to ensure it is healthy and hygienic. In addition the final product is subject to micro-biological monitoring to ensure it meets government standards for safety. 
 
Kangaroo meat is also monitored under the National Residue Scheme to ensure it is not contaminated with agricultural chemicals. Again compliance is extremely high, in 2013-14 for the seventh year in a row no kangaroo samples exceeded approved safe levels for any chemical of concerns examined. More details of this testing can be found here.  
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