Australian Pork urges Aussies: buy local
A recent survey conducted by Australian Pork Limited has revealed that while 73 percent of Australians are looking to increase their local purchases since the pandemic began, 10 percent admit they fail to check or are unaware of country of origin labelling.
All fresh pork sold in Australia is local. However, the majority of ham and bacon products are made from imported pork. This can lead to confusion about where pork used in smallgoods is coming from. It also conceals the impact this is having on the local industry.
Australian Pork has been working with farmers and suppliers to promote the importance of buying Aussie ham and bacon. As part of this, the industry is encouraging shoppers to check out the country of origin label when they’re looking for ham and bacon products.
Australian Pork Limited CEO Margo Andrae wants consumers to understand where their pork is from. It’s time to celebrate ham and bacon made with Australian pork.
“Most Australians are unaware the ham and bacon they eat is likely made from imported overseas pork,” Andrae says. “This has an impact on the industry.
“That’s why we’re asking consumers to look at the country of origin label when purchasing ham or bacon products. It’s important shoppers take the time to check what they’re choosing is made from Australian pork. It helps to support our local farmers.
“We know Australia is all about celebrating fresh, quality, local ingredients. That’s why we’re calling on Aussies to help raise awareness around imports and support local.”
How to tell if you’re buying Australian pork
To identify Australian ham and bacon products, check the bar chart on the country of origin label. This is located under the green and gold kangaroo. To guarantee the pork is Australian, the chart must be almost full or contain at least 90 percent Aussie ingredients.
Along with supporting the industry, Aussies who choose to purchase Australian ham and bacon will also be doing their bit to help the environment.
“When you choose ham and bacon made from Australian pork, you also contribute to creating a smaller carbon footprint,” Andrae says. “This is due to the shorter distance the pork needs to travel. Aussie ham and bacon products can get to your plate in days from around the corner. It takes weeks or even months from elsewhere around the world.”
For more information on Australian ham and bacon, visit pork.com.au/buyingaussie