There are approximately 8700 registered agricultural chemicals and hormones used in food production in Australia as well as many more unregistered chemicals.
Conventional farming practices using pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, rodenticides and fungicides have the potential to weaken crops and livestock natural immunities in the long-term especially when applied in untested combinations. The use of such chemicals and hormones can also lead to residues in meat. The effects of these residues is largely unknown although for some of the chemicals used in food production in the past such as organo-chlorines have now been proven unsafe and severely detrimental to good health.
Meat Standards Australia (MSA) is the world's leading eating quality grading system that identifies beef and sheepmeat eating quality and recommended cooking methods according to consumer tastes. Elliott Premium livestock are managed in accordance with the MSA requirements which include:
NLIS is Australia's system for livestock identification and traceability. It is a permanent whole-of-life system that allows individual animals to be identified electronically and tracked from property of birth to slaughter, for food safety, product integrity and market access purposes. Benefits of NLIS include: