Outcome of Assessment
On 21 November 2013, the Department of Agriculture received a report from a third party about a possible non-compliance with Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) requirements in Malaysia. The report alleged the following:
- ear tags were being removed from Australian cattle, including the electronic National Livestock Identification System radio-frequency identification tag (RFID tag)
- cattle were then being moved to facilities not included in approved supply chains for slaughter
- the RFID tags that were removed were being scanned at facilities within the supply chain in order to reconcile cattle.
The report included three photographs of cattle in an unidentified location, at an unspecified time. The department reviewed the information provided and sought additional evidence from the complainant however, no further corroborating evidence was provided.
The two exporters to the supply chain were provided with the report and supporting photographs. Nether exporter identified the location, facilities or cattle in the photographs.
Additionally, the exporters have provided seven independent audit reports to the department for the supply chain. These indicate that the ESCAS arrangements are working effectively.
The department determined there is insufficient information to progress the matter further.