AgriFutures Chicken Meat Program Request for Quotation (RFQ)

Zoonotic agents in the Australian chicken meat supply chain – identification and risk management options.

This Request for Quotation (RFQ) is seeking services to provide an evaluation of the impact of zoonotic agents on the Australian chicken meat industry as part of AgriFutures Chicken Meat Program:

  • Zoonotic agents in the Australian chicken meat supply chain: Conduct a desktop study to identify key zoonotic agents, either present or potentially emerging, in Australia with the potential to impact farm and processing staff and recommend appropriate control measures encompassing implications for bird welfare, the environment and human WHS.

The aim of this project is to develop a framework for management of potential zoonotic disease outbreaks in the Australian chicken meat industry and provide guidance on appropriate control measures on-farm and during processing. The project will produce sound, practice advice to guide the response of industry sectors to a zoonotic disease outbreak.

Individuals or organisations making a submission are required to have an understanding of the Australian chicken meat supply chain, zoonotic agents (epidemiology and control), risk assessment, hazard reduction and bird health and welfare.

The Chicken Meat Program RFQ closes at 12 noon (AEDT) on Tuesday, 27 October 2020.

Background

This RFQ will address the Improving food safety of Australian chicken meat and Improve chicken meat production through the whole supply chain objectives within the four broad R&D objectives for the industry, and outlined in the Chicken Meat Program RD&E Plan 2019-22.

  • Increasing knowledge of managing food safety risks
  • Providing food safety guidance for the industry
  • Measuring and reporting food safety risks
  • Improving biosecurity practices within the supply chain

This RFQ will also contribute to the enabling activity Provide relevant training and capacity building opportunities.

Project deliverables

The specific objectives of this project are to:

  • Complete a comprehensive desktop review to identify zoonotic agents (including but not limited to chlamydia, erysipelas, low path AI and coronavirus) that could impact human health and wellbeing on-farm and during processing in Australia.
  • Undertake a risk assessment, both real and perceived, of the impact of each agent at each stage from the farm, pick-up, transport to processing and processing with a focus on minimising risk to human health.
  • Document appropriate control measures, ranging from precautionary to amelioration measures (including but not limited to surveillance, appropriate/functional PPE, disinfection measures, physical distancing and bird health both prevention and treatment) for each agent and incorporate these into a risk matrix that includes both a consequence and likelihood assessment to direct required action. Include general control principals for ‘unknown’ agents considering key epidemiological factors relating to human health.
  • Identify knowledge gaps relating to identification, surveillance, and control of zoonotic agents.

Successful completion of the RFQ will include the applicant’s relevant experience (including two examples of previous work of relevance), detail regarding the planned approach to supplying the project deliverables and an itemised budget including all fees, charges and expenses related to the RFQ.

The budget request for funding is expected to be below $20,000

Timeline

Date
Activity
29 September 2020RFQ application open
27 October 2020RFQ applications close
8 December 2020Expected execution of contract or issue of agreement
8 June 2021Expected project completion date

AgriFutures Australia believes that the project should be completed within a four-month timeframe. If a longer timeframe is required, the Tenderer should explain why that is the case.

Terms of reference

By submitting an application, respondents acknowledge that they are willing to accept the terms and conditions set out in the Provider Agreement.

The Respondent agrees that AgriFutures Australia may accept or decline to accept the Respondent’s Quotation in its discretion. No commitments or contract exists until a contract in the form of the Provider Agreement is executed by both parties. The Respondent agrees that AgriFutures Australia is not required to enter into any contract in connection with the RFQ.

The Respondent agrees that participation in any stage of the RFQ process is at the Respondent’s sole risk and cost.

Acceptance of a Quotation will occur only when an Agreement is issued or a contract is executed.

AgriFutures Australia, at its discretion, may discontinue this RFQ, decline to accept any Quotation, decline to issue any contract or satisfy it requirement separately from this RFQ process.

AgriFutures Australia Provider Agreement

How to make a submission

AgriFutures Australia business with the applicant is facilitated by the online project management system Clarity. This system manages all stages of project administration. Quotation’s must be submitted online using Clarity.

Users must create a Clarity account before submitting a proposal.

If you have previously submitted an application via Clarity please use your existing name and password alternatively if your organisation already exists in Clarity, please use the New User Request online form and we will assign your profile to that organisation.

New User Request

If your Research Organisation does not already exist in Clarity, or you are unsure, please use the New User and Company Creation Request to create a New Research Organisation and User account simultaneously.

New User and Company Creation Request

Submissions close 12 noon (AEDT) Tuesday, 27 October 2020. 

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Contact

If you have any questions about the RFQ process or requirements in the management services, please contact:

Georgie Townsend
Manager, Research (Chicken Meat)
0438 495 325
georgie.townsend@agrifutures.com.au