Product Hygiene Indicators Program

​​​​​​​​​The Product Hygiene Indicators (PHI) Program identifies a number of key performance indicators (KPIs) which when combined produce an index, the Product Hygiene Index, which is a measure of hygienic meat production at individual export establishments. The KPIs can be used within an establishment to monitor and assess performance of process control and can be used across establishments to compare performance against other similar slaughter and boning operations.

Objectives of the System

The objective of the PHI Program is to provide an objective measure of hygienic meat production.

The Key Performance Indicators

KPIs have been selected or developed based on their ability to address hazards identified through an industry wide whole- of- chain risk assessment of the Australian red meat production system against the requirements of Australian Standard AS4696. The focus of the PHI Program is on preventing contamination by enteric pathogens and on the application of good refrigeration to ensure that there is minimal growth of micro organisms in the event of undetected contamination. Refrigeration is adequately controlled through the application of the Refrigeration Index.

Some of the KPIs are an objective measure of the wholesomeness of the meat through the process chain. Other KIPs verify the microbiological quality of product produced during the process. The Product Hygiene Index is derived from the values for individual KPIs.

PHI data entry into the MEDC System

All export registered slaughter and boning establishments and department personnel are required to enter PHI data for September 2018 onwards into the Meat Export Data Collection (MEDC) System. Monthly PHI data must be entered into MEDC within 10 working days of the following month. Instructions on how to enter PHI data into MEDC System can be found in the following document.

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PHI data entry PDF 11950 KB
PHI data entry DOC 11408 KB

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Guidance on the interpretation of performance against other establishments in the MEDC System Dashboards can be found in the following document.

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Interpretation of monthly national KPI data PDF 171.1 MB
Interpretation of monthly national KPI data DOC 17468 KB

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Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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