Country of Origin statements on retail packaging are intended to inform consumers about the origin of the food (or other goods) that they buy.
The Country of Origin labelling laws are currently under review with a change expected in mid-2016.
The current Country of Origin statements have slightly different meanings:
Made in Australia
Made in Australia from Imported and Local Ingredients
Product of Australia
For more detail, please refer to the ACCC website http://www.accc.gov.au/consumers/groceries/country-of-origin
As an Australian manufacturer of meat products we purchase the largest volume of Australian pork, however, we also purchase some imported pork from the European Union (EU), Canada and the USA to supplement the production requirements that Australian farms cannot meet and to also maintain our products at an affordable price for our customers. We would like to assure you that the pork meat is imported under very strict quarantine legislation governed by the Department of Agriculture which include very rigorous regulations and procedures for it to be in used in the manufacture of products.
We do manufacture certain lines of products using specifically Australian pork:
The labelling of our products is in accordance with the current FSANZ (Food Standards Australia New Zealand) legislation. All the required information is stated on the product packaging.
Nitrites and nitrates ingredients that are added to processed meats during the manufacturing process.
Some pork products do not have nitrite eg fresh sausages and roast pork.
If nitrites were not used, the pork would have the colour and flavour of roast pork.
The level of nitrite that can be added to meat products is limited by Australian food law.
All ingredients selected and purchased for the manufacturing sites are gluten free. In addition, we require that:
Ingredients containing dextrose or maltodextrin are derived from sources that do not contain gluten and
Alternatives are found for ingredients that can be sourced from cereals that contain gluten.
We do periodic validation of our gluten free policy with periodic scheduled gluten testing of products, but most of the control we have is through exclusion of ingredients containing gluten from the manufacturing sites.
You can buy Primo Smallgoods products from all the majors retailers (Coles, Woolworths, IGA, Costco,…) in both the pre-packed and deli counter sections. If you have difficulties finding a product, feel free to send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Some meat products are exempt from the legal requirement to declare meat percentage.
Products that undergo significant weight loss (drying) during manufacture are among those that are not required to declare meat percentage.
The best example of this is our salamis. Salamis are made with no added water and contain less than 10% non-meat ingredients like spices and salt. During the manufacturing process the salami is dried for shelf stability, resulting in a theoretical meat percentage greater than 100% because the weight of fresh meat used to produce the salami is actually more than the weight of the end product. A batch of salami may use 90kg of fresh meat to produce 70kg of finished product.
For more detail, please refer to the Food Standards Code Standard 1.2.10: