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Bringing Home the Bacon – At Last!

by 5m Editor
18 March 2010, at 9:17am

AUSTRALIA - Australian Pork Limited has announced the winners of Australia’s best bacon, in the nation’s first ever Bacon Week, held from 15 to 21 March.

The pork industry producer’s body, Australian Pork Limited (APL), launched the sizzling initiative to highlight the pink square Australian PorkMark – "the only guaranteed way you can choose 100 per cent home grown and manufactured bacon."

This initiative came about because Australia’s pork industry continues to face huge challenges from the massive amounts of frozen pork landing in Australia from highly subsidised agricultural countries like Denmark, Canada and the United States. In fact, 70 per cent of bacon, ham and smallgoods products bought in Australia are made from overseas subsidised pork.

More than $10 million worth of pork imports, or over 2.6 million kilograms of frozen pork, arrives by boat in Australia EVERY WEEK. That’s over half a billion dollars heading offshore per year.

APL CEO Andrew Spencer said, “Traditional Australian grocery labelling laws are vague. Commonly used terms such as ‘Made in Australia’ can be used on products that can contain imported meat. This becomes very confusing for consumers. The pink Australian PorkMark is your guarantee of Australian origin. Consumers want bacon from God’s country, not God knows where.

“To date we have one hundred and twenty one butchers and smallgoods manufacturers Australia wide that are licensed to display the PorkMark logo on their products, which are the finest small goods available in Australia."

The theme for inaugural Bacon Week is “Bringing Home the Bacon”. This theme is designed to highlight the fact that the majority of pork used to make bacon sold in Australia was created on the other side of the world.

The Awards For Excellence bacon competition was open to butchers and small goods processors who make bacon from 100 per cent Australian pork.

There were 62 different bacons from 45 manufacturers around the country that were tasted and judged, in two categories, full rasher and low fat - the most consumed types of bacon.

The judges were two chefs with broad international experience including working in Michelin starred restaurants, cruise liners and premier teaching institutions, and a Fleischmeister with a Masters degree in Butchering and Smallgoods from the Master College in Monchen Gladbach Germany.

Each entry was judged on the curing process, aroma, texture, taste and shrinkage when cooked. The essential criteria in this competition was the pork had to be sourced from Australian grown pig meat.

And the winners are....

Category 1st 2nd 3rd
Overall Schultes Meat Tavern – Plainland QLD Coota Valley Meats – Engadine NSW Skara Smallgoods Nairne SA
Full Rasher Schultes Meat Tavern – Plainland QLD Coota Valley Meats – Engadine NSW Skara Smallgoods Nairne SA
Low Fat Willhome Farm Fresh Meats Swan Hill Vic Kanmantoo Bacon Company, Kanmantoo SA Lucas Quality Meats Bronte NSW