Traceability of livestock through a supply chain increases visibility, improves quality control systems and reduces risk (to both animals and humans).
LGAP specifies requirements for traceability and control and places obligations on exporters, importers and facilities.
The existing LGAP Standards include requirements for the identification of livestock and the recording of movements of livestock. These functions enable traceability. There are also provisions in the LGAP Standards for internal (within a facility) and external (across a supply chain) traceability.
LGAP does not nominate a specific traceability system that participants need to use, rather the Program requires that a demonstrably effective system be in place, which will be audited.
To further standardise the traceability systems used by LGAP certified operators and facilities, a new standard LGAP1004 – Traceability systems used by Operators and Facilities has been developed and is in the final stages of approval. LGAP1004 provides requirements which standardise the provision and use of traceability systems. It also provides requirements for identifying animals, locations and parties, using registers and conducting verification and monitoring to deliver on traceability . LGAP1004 does not prescribe any one type of system or technology but provides outcomes focussed requirements to support innovative solutions. Additionally, LGAP1004 allows companies who supply traceability systems and services to operators and facilities to seek certification.