New Zealand consumers told to watch out for imported pork

19-12-2011 | |

As Christmas approaches, New Zealand consumers in Southland are being told by New Zealand Pork to look out for poorly labelled pork meat.

New Zealand Pork chief executive Sam McIvor said,” Southland offers the best of everything, including good quality pork. New Zealand imports more than 700,000 kilograms of pork every week and there is no compulsory requirement for country-of-origin-labelling. The only guarantee you are buying New Zealand product is to look for the 100% New Zealand labels or the words “NZ grown,” said Mr McIvor.
“Proudly made in NZ”, “manufactured in NZ” and “made from imported and local ingredients” – are all terms consumers are being warned about.
It has reported that New Zealand farmers have become dedicated to ensuring that animal welfare, health and environmental standards are at the core of  the production of local pork meat and these kinds of commitments have not been made by some farmers globally.
Source:  The Southland Times