The National Traceability Framework
Used as a guide for the Australian agricultural industries and food producers, the National Traceability Framework aims to enhance the traceability systems and promote “brand Australia in the international markets. Modern, accurate and timely traceability systems can assist in providing additional assurances to consumers of Australian agricultural products and our trading partners, while also producing a range of other benefits such as increasing our market share in international markets,” explains the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture, Water, and the Environment.
“If we are to continue to build on our reputation, including maintaining and improving our competitive advantage in international markets, it is timely that we look at enhancing our traceability systems to ensure our agricultural products are well supported into the future and able to respond to international drivers for change,” reports The National Traceability Framework. The framework, described as “the result of an extensive collaboration between Australian agricultural industries and the Australian Government”, explains the vision, principles for traceability systems, roles and responsibilities of industries, and all stakeholders. It also provides suggestions about implementing the framework, including objectives.