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
Supporting Documents Available
Accessible for Countries that are Eligible
Replace Paper MTC's
Australian Meat Exporters Can Now Send Cartons to the U.S. Without Shipping Marks on Individual Cartons.
FSIS Directive 9910.1 states that Australian Exporters can use placards on slip-sheet shrink-wrapped pallets that are associated with all the individual cartons/cases. Shipments complying with this directive are only to move intact to official establishments within the U.S. for further processing. This process provides the required level of carton traceability. The use of the pallets and placards is instead of applying individual shipping identification marks to each meat carton/case. The placard acts as the identification linked to the health certificate.
Australia Shipping Mark
USDA Official Import Mark
FSIS Directive 9910.1 Process
The Meat Messaging Pallet Pilot
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.