Proof of origin for meat from Austria



Identification of pigs and lambs:

The Austrian Animal Identification Regulation of 2005 stipulates that pigs and sheep have to be identified by their owners as quickly as possible, but in any case before leaving the flock for the first time. Furthermore, a stock inventory must be kept which has to be shown to authorities on request. The proper identification of animals is also a prerequisite for tracing animals for slaughter and carcasses back to farms, thus guaranteeing safe marketing.

Identification of cattle:

With regard to cattle, new identification regulations were introduced in Austria on January 1, 1998. The new identification regulations completely comply with the requirements of the European Union.
Each calf shall be marked on both ears by official eartags within seven days of its birth. All changes in stock (additions, departures) have to be reported to a central database.

This information [farm number, ear tag number of calf, birth date, sex, ear tag number of mother (possibly father), race] together with a detailed "animal passport" form the basis for the proof of origin of beef. Austria`s central database for beef cattle is located at the Agrarmarkt Austria in Vienna.

Beef identification :

According to the EC identification regulation (EU) No. 1760/2000 every participant in the market who wants to give further information* on beef may do this exclusively via an approved system. Whereas in many countries numerous different beef identification systems exist, AMA has developed a model of implementation by means of the "bos" system that has won international acclaim.

*) Declaration of origin such as  "born in", "raised in", "slaughtered in", "cut/processed in", and indication of an identification number

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The AMA Pork Label "sus"