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Vietnam rejects Aussie meat
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2012, 06:54:09 PM »
AUSTRALIA'S reputation as a reliable supplier of high-quality beef has again been damaged, this time by Vietnam's rejection of a consignment of tainted meat.

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries confirmed last night that a shipment of boneless beef exported to Vietnam had been "returned".

The Weekend Australian was told Vietnamese authorities found the boxes of frozen beef to be contaminated with salmonella bacteria.

The federal government has not yet officially confirmed salmonella as the cause of the meat's rejection and return by Vietnam.

The latest beef contamination scare puts the spotlight on meat inspection standards in Australian-accredited export abattoirs for the second time in three weeks.

US meat inspectors in South Carolina last month detected bacterial contamination in three tonnes of mincemeat, sausages and patties made from frozen Australian beef. They claimed that the Australian beef was "implicated" as the source of the harmful Escherichia coli bacteria.

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry said it was "aware of a shipment of boneless beef returning from Vietnam" and that it was "working with Vietnamese authorities."

The salmonella-tainted beef was sent back to Australia this week and inspected on Thursday by biosecurity inspectors at Brisbane port.

All beef for export is certified as clean, safe, hygienically slaughtered and processed, free from contamination and meeting the importing requirements of the international buyer before it leaves Australia.

Leading meat industry figures said last night that two such cases of alleged contamination within such a short period was unusual.

Meat and Livestock Australia was unaware last night of the latest meat rejection.Sue Nealeas and Sarah Elks 

June 09, 2012
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