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: AU Ag dept defends approval of supply chain in Pakistan sheep disaster 2.11.12
: WA Export News November 02, 2012, 03:19:32 PM
Agriculture Department defends approval of supply chain in Pakistan sheep saga.

 Department of Agriculture officials have told a Senate inquiry they were satisfied that a Pakistani feedlot and abattoir met Australian approved welfare conditions for live export.

The 20,000 Australian sheep sent into the ESCAS-approved supply chain in Pakistan were all eventually culled last month, some brutally, after local officials insisted the animals were diseased.

The exporter Wellard moved to get ESCAS approval for an alternative market in Pakistan after those sheep were rejected by Bahrain.

Agriculture Department secretary Connal O'Connell told the hearing that the advice of the exporter, as well as an independent monitoring officer, an MLA official, and other technical staff were all considered in the Department's decision to approve that supply chain.

"So there was a range of additional measures over and above the norm, which was really a recognition of the fact that this was a new supply chain," he said.

"The problem that occurred was not within the supply chain that was approved, but was the fact that there was a third party who entered and took control."

By Anna Vidot
Friday, 02/11/2012

http://www.abc.net.au/rural/news/content/201211/s3624216.htm (http://www.abc.net.au/rural/news/content/201211/s3624216.htm)