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MEAT MESSAGING

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A Government Recognised, Cloud-Based Industry Developed Solution for Export, Import and Meat Transfers


What does Meat Messaging do?



Meat Messaging is administered by AUS-MEAT with program management through a committee comprising of industry representatives including AUS-MEAT, DAWE, AMPC, AMIC and MLA.


The "Meat Messaging" system is an online tool for the creation, sending, receiving, attestation statements and compliance declaration of meat products (carton, carcases, carcase portions, pallets, bulk packs and containers) GS1 EANCOM messages. In addition, the Meat Messaging system also serves as a replacement to the eMTC for inter-establishment and domestication transports between one establishment to another.


These messages assist regulatory authorities with the authenticity, verification and traceability of meat products. The GS1 bar coding standards and GS1 EANCOM electronic message standards do not replace existing regulatory requirements, they assist and supplement these requirements.


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How Meat Messaging Facilitates Official Import Facility Remarking to the U.S.A



The industry portal and related activities are documented in Australian Meat Notice 2018-01 and meets the requirements of FSIS Directive 9900.5, Section VII, E.Procedures for Correcting Shipping Marks when Using Barcodes for the use of the industry portal for carton/carcase verification.


Correcting Shipping Marks

  • Import Establishment can correct shipping marks without having a representative of the foreign government to supervise
  • Only when FSIS can verify the unique identifier within a barcode on the shipping unit using supporting documentation from the foreign country.

Supporting Documents Available

  • Supporting Documentation is available for Australian products through Meat Messaging
  • Meat Messaging System can be accessed by import establishment to view barcodes linked to the certificate
  • Same Day at no Cost

Accessible for Countries that are Eligible

  • Only allowed for countries that are eligible & only applies to establishments approved for such activity
  • Australia is eligible and FSIS inspection personnel maintain a list of approved Australian establishments in the FSIS internal SharePoint site they access to verify eligibility.

Replace Paper MTC's

  • The industry portal and related activities are documented in Australian Meat Notice 2018-01 and meets the requirements of FSIS Directive 9900.5 for the use of the industry portal for carton/carcase verification.
  • Under section E. Procedures for Correcting Shipping Marks when Using Barcodes - FSIS permits official import inspection establishment personnel to apply the shipping mark to shipping units without having an official representative of the foreign inspection system on-site to approve and observe this activity, when FSIS IPP can verify the unique identifier within a barcode on the shipping unit using supporting documentation provided by the foreign country.






What is the FSIS Notice 62-20?



How Barcodes can be used in Lieu of Shipping Marks Pilot Program for Fresh Meat Products from Australia


Current Approval Practice


Australia Shipping Mark

Instead of Australia applying their shipping mark on products shipped to U.S. the barcodes on the pallet placard and individual cases will be used to verify approved Australian product in lieu of the shipping mark.

USDA Official Import Mark

Instead of applying the USDA official import mark of inspection to the individual cases, the mark is applied only to the barcode placard on each pallet in the shipment.

Pallet Wrapping

Inspection personnel will perform label verification without removing the plastic wrapped around the pallet, as long as the label attributes are visually identifiable.

Slip Sheets

Placing slip sheets on each crate when loading and unloading is pivotal. Adding slip sheets to the top of crates, whether it is placing the block into the container or removing it from the container, slip sheets need to be on the top and bottom of the block with machine wrap.

Meat Messaging Approval Practice







The Meat Messaging Pallet Pilot


Download the Pallet Pilot Report


Reducing Labour Costs through Slip Sheets

Meat Messaging pallet pilot uses a slip sheet palletising with Serial Shipping Container Code (SSCC) pallet labels as a replacement for individual carton/case shipping marks.



The time saving for the unloading/inspection has been shown to be reduced to

2 people 45 minutes instead of 5 people for 45 minutes to unload a container.

A 2019 pallet pilot to Philadelphia, U.S.A demonstrated this


Damaged pallets without slip sheets

Upon the final shipment of the latest pallet pilot, three boxes were rejected from the shipment because the top of the boxes were ripped from the "teeth" of the forklift by human error.

The images shown in below are from the pallet pilot and show the damage that can be done without having a slip sheet on the top of the crate. Pallets must have slip sheets placed on the top and bottom of the pallet.

Care needs to also be placed when loading them, ensuring the sides of the stacked pallets are even with each other. The pallets plastic wrap will help maintain this even side and provide a protective layer around the cases.

Cartons damaged by forklift picking up pallet stacked on top of them.







Using Roller Forks for Loading and Unloading: How do they work?



The Roller Forks can be used for palletless handling. Roller Forks are in fact 'standard' lift truck forks with two layers of rollers. When the under most row of rollers touches the floor, it causes the uppermost rollers to rotate in the opposite direction whereby the forks slide under the slip sheet without disturbing the products.

When the forks are lifted up, the rollers 'fall' downwards and place the products securely on the upper side of the forks, enabling the products to be unloaded in the opposite loading order and works with shipping container floors.

A roller fork consists of a special lift truck fork that serves as a supporting frame with a special hinge in the heel allowing it to always lay flat on the floor. Inside the fork are two layers of rollers, one on top of the other, that drive each other when the forks are moved over the floor.

The basic principle is that the upper rollers rotate at exactly the same speed but in the opposite direction of the lower rollers, which are in contact with the ground. When the Roller Forks are lifted up from the ground the rollers automatically lower and the load is held on the forks.