The Export Meat Industry Advisory Committee (EMIAC) was created in the 1960s as a consultative body between the export meat industry and the Australian Government. EMIAC still retains the same role today.
EMIAC's terms of reference are broad but its main function is to consider technical issues affecting the export meat sector. It also provides policy advice on many major issues such as residues, pathogens, international requirements including market access and food safety issues affecting meat.
EMIAC is not a statutory body but it has a high profile within the industry. Its prime relationship is with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources but it often refers matters to other bodies when required.
EMIAC currently has an independent Chair.
Membership of EMIAC consists of the department, representatives from Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC) and invited members including:
- AUS-MEAT Limited
- Australian Pork Limited (APL)
- Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC)
- Cattle Council of Australia (CCA)
- JBS Australia
- Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)
- Teys Australia.
EMIAC meets quarterly, however extra meetings may be convened when urgent issues need to be discussed.
For further information about EMIAC, email the Secretariat or phone 1800 900 090.