PigCare accredited pork

Not only does New Zealand Pork taste better than imported pork, but it carries the assurance that it is:

From pigs raised on New Zealand farms.
Raised under world class welfare standards.
Free from added growth hormones and unnecessary antibiotics.
Compliant with New Zealand’s stringent food safety standards.

We provide free labels to retailers and butchers across the country, so that they can let consumers know where their pork is coming from. If there is no New Zealand PigCare Accredited label on what you buy, there is no guarantee that you are buying New Zealand pork. If you’re ever unsure, just ask your butcher.

No commercially raised fresh pork in New Zealand comes from pigs that have been raised in cages, crates or stalls. Fresh New Zealand pork comes from ‘finisher’ pigs that have been grown for the market.

Some of the processed pork products you eat, small goods such as sausages and salamis will have come from sows. Depending on the farming system used, these sows may have spent time in farrowing pens for the birth of their piglets and to feed and care for their piglets until they are weaned.

Unfortunately, there is no requirement for imported pork to meet our high welfare standards. This means that imported pork products must only meet New Zealand’s biosecurity standards, plus the food safety requirements for all imported foods.

As the volume of imported pork rises, the New Zealand pig farming industry will also struggle to compete with cheap imports. Buying pork with the New Zealand PigCare Accredited pork label supports our farmers and our economy. It also guarantees quality products that meet high welfare standards and are fresh, nutritious and tasty.

Know the facts Bacon
  • Approximately 60% of the pork and pork products eaten in New Zealand are imported
  • While most imported pork ends up in bacon, ham and smallgoods, a growing amount is also sold chilled at retail
  • New Zealand has some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world
  • Imported pork products come into New Zealand without having to meet our welfare standards
  • Imported pork is often cheaper than New Zealand pork
  • As the volume of imported pork rises, the New Zealand pig farming industry will struggle to compete with cheap imports
  • Imported pork can be farmed using added growth hormones and antibiotics
  • Many overseas pork producers receive government subsidies. (Their governments help pay for the cost of farming.) New Zealand pig farmers have never had subsidies.