6 Mar 2018

NZ pork allowed into to Oz for first time

3:43 pm on 6 March 2018

New Zealand pork has been granted export access into Australia for the first time.

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New Zealand Pork Chair Ian Carter Photo: MEAT

The Ministry for Primary Industries said uncooked pork meat and products containing New Zealand pork will be allowed into Australia, under the condition that uncooked meat will be further processed.

New Zealand's pork export value is worth about $1 million and until now has only had access to markets such as the Pacific Islands and Singapore.

New Zealand Pork Chair Ian Carter said being able to sell pork to Australia will be a boost for the industry.

"Commercial pig farmers in New Zealand are passionate about the care and expertise they invest in farming their pigs.

"We see the granting of access to Australia as an important formative step to explore export markets that value the qualities associated with pork and pork products produced from pigs born and raised in New Zealand."

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