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Reading meat and other animal product labels can be tricky because they may not always be clear. And sometimes, they are deliberately made this way.
In Australia, processed ham and bacon products are often labelled as ‘Made in Australia’, even if the ham comes from the United States or Canada, where mother pigs are cruelly confined to cramped stalls for the entire duration of their pregnancy.
Apart from meats, there are also various kinds of labels for eggs, which make it difficult to differentiate between products that come from low-welfare farming systems and high-welfare ones.
If you choose to eat meat and eggs, below are higher-welfare labels to look out for on your next grocery run.
Free-range pork: comes from pigs that were born and raised with free access to the outdoors.
Sow-stall free pork: comes from pigs raised in an enhanced indoor environment or a combination of indoor and outdoor.
Barn-laid eggs: come from hens housed in a large shed where they’re able to move around, stretch, flap their wings and socialise.
Free-range eggs: come from hens that have access to the outdoors. Look for those with a maximum of 1500 hens per hectare!
Purchasing only higher-welfare animal products helps the planet, improves the lives of animals, and is better for your overall health, so make sure to look for the above-mentioned labels on your next trip to the grocery store
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