While all the fresh pork you buy (roasts, chops, steaks, fillets etc) is 100% Australian grown, the majority of ham and bacon in the supermarkets is made using imported pork.
By choosing Australian grown pork, you’re supporting our farmers. You’re also buying pork with some of the highest welfare, safety and environmental standards in the world.
To check if your supplier is using Australian pork, click the link below.
Country of Origin Labelling
Majority of Australians have no idea on the country of origin of the pork used in their ham and bacon. Australia’s labelling laws have changed to make it easier to identify if food is imported. This is called country of origin labelling and is overseen by our government.
The green and gold kangaroo only indicates that a product has been made in Australia. The product can contain imported pork and still use this image on the label.
With these labels, it is critical to look closely at the bar chart and number in the written statement – for ham and bacon made from Australian pork the bar chart should be almost full.
The written statement should have a percentage of over 90%. Anything that is made from less than 90% Australian ingredients most likely means the product is made with imported pork.
Unfortunately, in Australia you’ll be unlikely to find ham and bacon made from 100% Australian ingredients. That’s because the brines and salts that are used to make ham and bacon are not produced in Australia. So remember, look for an almost full bar.
For fresh and raw Australian pork you’ll see the labels below. These are labels for 100% Australian grown products, with nothing added to them.