[12 March/Farmers Weekly]

Anzco General Manager, Grant Bunting, said that a decision by Alliance not to take on a nationwide meat industry farm quality assurance programme would put industry integrity at risk. Alliance will use its own programme rather than the collaborative Farm Assurance Programme (FAP). It was established to enhance consumer confidence. Alliance Chief Executive, David Surveyor said they never indicated they were fully committed to FAP, and that customers value their programme. He added that Alliance was focused on the enhancements of its own assurance programme. Mr Bunting was surprised and disappointed at Alliance’s decision, and noted the FAP was introduced to streamline the process for industry and farmers and to ensure everyone was working to the same standards. Silver Fern Farms introduced the FAP last year and have over 300 farmers accredited, and a spokesman said it had been a collaborative initiative to benefit their industry.