MUFF said that they would defend their guidance on the basis that it was the best they could achieve with the available veterinary resources and represented a genuine attempt to comply with requirements. A note accompanying the submission said that there had been considerable pressure from the industry as to what MAFFs intentions were in interpreting the 1991 Directive. On 15 April the Minister agreed to proceed to consultation, which MAFF did on 23 April. On 11 June the Federation of Fresh Meat Wholesalers responded to MAFFs consultation.
racial sense check I guess where you look at that particularly if you understand the industry come up with good assumptions and also very important you’ve got to be able to articulate that so that the reader of the report kind of funds it commercially relevant and perhaps that gets back to you earlier a question about you know the quality of the valuation report does it doesn’t make sense is it a robust valuation and I think ultimately you know value is the same as engineers or scientists others have their own jargon and things like that but a good valuation report should be easy to read and it shouldn’t just say well we think it’s a million ringgitthat’s it you should be able to get all the building blocks of that value in the report and then perhaps the next warstory I’ll use it’s a happy story maybe rather than or story perhaps explains that so you know even if you should pass the comment that or
and that there was no general need for full-time veterinary attendance. or any veterinary attendance when there was no work which required their particular training and skills. On 25 June MAFF officials met representatives of the Federation. According to MAFFs note of the meeting, the Federation had shared the same concerns with regard to veterinary supervision as many respondents to the MAFF consultation. MAFF has been unable to confirm that an official veterinary surgeon would not have to carry out every antemortem inspection personally.
The Federation has been concerned that costs would soar if the official veterinary surgeon had to inspect every animal. MAFF has acknowledged that their www.valuationssa.com.au draft guidance to local authorities was not particularly clear and had said that they would be seeking to make it more transparent with respect to veterinary attendance and veterinary functions in licensed premises. That draft submission sought the then Parliamentary Secretary agreement to courses of action proposed on the main issues arising out of the public consultation on the proposed regulations. Regarding veterinary supervision, it said that local authorities had expressed themselves extremely concerned about the difficulties which they might face in providing official veterinary.