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Country of origin labelling helps Aussie farmers
NEW country of origin labels are now compul- sory, making it easier for consumers to support Australian farmers, in- cluding pig farmers.
The new country of origin labels include the Australian Made kanga- roo logo, a bar chart in- dicating the percentage of Australian ingredients and a statement of where the product was made.
Australian Pork Lim- ited general manager of Marketing Peter Haydon said the pork industry has been crying out for changes to our label- ling laws, because the old ones made it hard to identify Australian prod- ucts.
“While all fresh pork is proudly Australian, imported pork is being used in ham, bacon and some pre-cooked pork products,” he said.
“We’re pleased the
Government has changed the labels and hope they will help consumers identify Australian prod- ucts more easily.
“However, we encourage them to back the changes with more consumer edu- cation about how to read the new labels.
“For example, the kan- garoo logo will appear on packaging of products that have only been made in Australia.
“That’s a problem for the Australian pork in- dustry, because it means
ham and bacon made here from imported pork will still have that lo- go and consumers just glancing at a package will be none the wiser.”
The new labelling re- quirements had a two- year phase-in period that ended on July 1, 2018.
“While there was previ- ously some TV advertis- ing on the changes, con- sumers haven’t really had the new labels explained,” Mr Haydon said.
“I know people who are passionate about
buying Australian and supporting our farmers will soon suss them out, but we’re worried most consumers may remain in the dark.
“We encourage people to actively look for the new labels and check out the bar chart and words, rather than just look for the kangaroo.
“Plus, our famous pink PorkMark will continue to be used on products and guarantees you’re getting pork that’s 100 percent Australian.”
Saleyards Standards and
Guidelines released
THE Australian Ani- mal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Sa- leyards and Depots have been finalised, replac- ing the Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals: Animals at Saleyards.
The Standards and Guidelines promote hu- mane and considerate treatment of livestock handled through Austral- ian saleyards and depots, inform all people respon- sible for the care and man- agement of livestock about their responsibilities and set a minimum industry standard by defining ac- ceptable livestock man- agement practices.
Development of the Standards and Guide- lines considered current
• For the
try, these Standards and Guidelines include meas- ures such as:
• Constructing pens that prevent unfamiliar pigs fighting in adjoining pens;
• Ensuring all pigs are held and sold undercover; • Ensuring misting fa-
cilities are available for pigs to prevent heat stress; • Constructing holding pens with non-slip floors;
• Using moving boards
and flappers to move pigs within saleyards.
You can access the com- plete version of the Stand- ards and Guidelines at an au/livestock-at-saleyards- and-depots
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End of an era: Australian Pork chairman resigns
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He also holds a num- ber of other non-executive roles.
“I thank Mr Allara for his diligence in getting me up to speed and I will continue his hard work,” Mr Lock said.
“The pork industry in Australia is currently ex- periencing very challeng- ing times.
“My role, and the role of APL, is to listen to producers and work with them to try to improve the industry in the short term and position it to be suc- cessful in the longer term.
“I am looking forward to meeting all stakeholders and working with them, the Board and APL to de- liver a great future for the industry.”
On behalf of the Board and staff of APL, and the Australian pork industry, APL thanks Mr Allara for his continuous effort and courage during his time as chairman and wishes him all the best for his future endeavours.
Biographies – Mr Enzo Allara AM, outgoing chairman
Mr Allara has been in- volved in the food and grocery industry both in Australia and internation- ally for over 40 years, with most of that time being with the Unilever Group of companies.
His previous roles in- clude chairman CPC/AJI Asia in Hong Kong and chairman of Unilever Australasia.
Mr Allara is currently chairman of Sunpork Fresh Foods and Swickers Kingaroy Bacon Factory Pty Limited.
He has served on numer- ous industry and govern- ment bodies including the Prime Minister’s Super- market to Asia Council, as well as chairman of the Australian Food and Grocery Council.
In June 2012, Mr Allara was awarded Member of the Order in the general di- vision in the Order of Aus-
tralia (AM) for service to the community through executive roles with Food- bank Australia, and to the food manufacturing and processing industry.
Mr David Lock, interim chairman
Mr Lock is an agribusi- ness professional with over 13 years in CEO/ MD roles in large, diverse agribusinesses.
He is a professional di- rector, holding the posi- tion of chairman and non-executive director for several entities.
Since January 1, 2016 Mr Lock has been man- aging director and CEO of Mareterram Limited, an ASX-listed company that owns the majority of quota in the Shark Bay prawn fishery as well as a seafood import and distri- bution business operating nationally in Australia.
He has previously worked for Coopers & Lybrand (now Pricewa- terhouseCoopers) in Aus- tralia, Canada and the UK, primarily in the in- solvency and restructur- ing business, across many industries including agri- culture, steel milling, coal mining, scrap metal and banking.
Mr Lock has previously held the position of CEO at Craig Mostyn Group, a multi-million-dollar turnover private company that operates a paddock to plate pork business, which processes 98 percent of Western Australian pigs, and includes a rendering business that processes over 150,000 tonnes per annum and a seafood im- port, export and process- ing business.
Mr Lock is currently chairman of the Western Australian Meat Indus- try Authority and deputy chairman of Water Cor- poration.
He sits on the Curtin Business School Advisory Council and on the De- partment of Primary In- dustries’ Market Access to Asia Council.
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