What’s the secret behind Imported Pork?

21/10/2020

Most of the processed ham and bacon on Australian shelves is imported. But do you really know where it’s from?

Together, we can make sure that there’s no more #MysteryPork

Top image: Jo-Anne McArthur Essere Animali

In many cases, these imports are coming from countries with lower standards than Australian farms. But the current labels often won’t tell you which country it’s from. Check out this video to see how the current labels are keeping you in the dark.

The current labelling means that shoppers who choose to buy ham and bacon have no way of knowing if it’s from a higher welfare Australian or European farm, or if it’s from a low welfare farm in the United States. Mother pigs in the U.S. are kept caged throughout their pregnancy and they’re often given more antibiotics than pigs in Australia, to help prevent illness resulting from their poor living conditions. This is bad for mother pigs, it’s bad for Aussie farmers who are doing more to give pigs lives worth living, and it’s bad for you.

How can you help?

There are two ways you can help! You can sign the petition today to demand clearer labelling. Clearer labels will help people make better choices for mother pigs, for Aussie farmers and for themselves.

Now that you know what labels to look out for, next time you’re at the shop, you can also take a photo of any ham and bacon labels that don’t have clear country of origin information. Some may have no information at all, others may have a vague line suggesting it’s from Europe or North America – which have completely different standards. Upload the photo to either your social media or to our webpage. Be sure to tag the supermarket you found it in (such as @WoolworthsAU or @AldiAU). And use the hashtag #MysteryPork

Together, we can make sure that there’s no more #MysteryPork

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