No need for complusion in labelling

The announcement that sow crates will be phased out has led to calls for country of origin labelling to differentiate local produced pork products from imports.

Supermarkets and butcheries could and should provide country of origin labelling as a service to their customers. It could also help with marketing but there is no need for compulsion.

If New Zealand producers label their produce as New Zealand produce they can then use the opportunity to differentiate it from pork products from overseas competitors who continue to use stalls.

Customers will be able to work out for themselves that if it isn’t branded as New Zealand produce it will be from somewhere else and make their decision on which bacon, ham or pork to purchase with that knowledge.

4 Responses to No need for complusion in labelling

  1. Chris Bird says:

    It is interesting that on radio yesterday, most people said they buy on price. So the pork they buy will mainly be imported and no one knows what conditions those pigs are kept under, or where it comes from. Just a lable saying made from imported ingredients.


  2. pdm says:

    Imported Pork will of course increase in price as the dollar falls – if it ever does.


  3. gravedodger says:

    How often do we see “made from local and imported ingredients” without any reference to what bits are imported when it could be the “pork” or only one of the preservatives or whatever. As with “organic” when the earnest efforts of the provider of the information could be tainted at any stage of the chain and be of no relevance to the “goodness” implied by the label “organic”.
    I regard my grapes to be as chemical free as possible but without any use of “safe ie on label” chemicals it would be absolutely impossible in the climate, soils and aspect of my vinyard to produce any fruit at all and as to many of the so called “organic” producers it is all about the ability to obfuscate and or Lie that enables the produce to get to market.


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