Primesafe McIvor Farm Foods

Constituency Question - PrimeSafe

04 August 2015

Ms RYAN (Euroa) — (Question 372) The constituency question I raise is on behalf of Belinda and Jason Hagan of McIvor Farm Foods of Tooborac. Seven weeks ago, Belinda and Jason were forced to close their farm gate shop, where they sold pork smallgoods, after Mitchell Shire Council deemed they should be regulated under the Meat Industry Act 1993 and therefore registered with PrimeSafe. The council took this view after discussions with PrimeSafe.

This ruling has put Belinda and Jason under significant financial pressure, yet despite this their request to meet with the CEO of PrimeSafe has been rejected as not appropriate. Belinda and Jason also contacted the minister's office last week to seek a meeting. I am hopeful they will soon receive a response to that request, and I would be very happy to facilitate that meeting to discuss this very pressing matter.

The information I seek is the minister's advice on what Belinda and Jason can do to obtain a registration for their farm gate business under the food act.

The SPEAKER — Order! The member for Euroa should refer her question to a minister. I ask the member to do so now.

Ms RYAN — My apologies, Speaker. My question is to the Minister for Agriculture.

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