February 25, 2010 at 7:23 am #251516
I’ve just caught up with the story about meat imports being allowed from countries that have had BSE (not traced) in the past. I’ve been so naive that I thought the meat I buy, being a product that deteriorates rapidly, would have been local in origin. I’ve long avoided the grapes and oranges from California, the asparagus from Peru, the onions from New Zealand, and the garlic from China, but at least the supermarkets tell us where it comes from. Not so with meat apparently. It’s all just blank shelves when it comes to its origin. Had a serious talk with my butcher, who assures me his is all 100% Australian, but how do I know? I think they should advise country of origin for meat, as with vegies, fruit and fish.February 25, 2010 at 8:11 am #454718
I agree – I avoid the blueberries, garlic, oranges, sardines, prawns, fish, corn and definitely do not want to buy imported meat.
….I saw Simon Crean talking about it and I was very disappointed with him 🙁
There is an election coming up and I wish the govt would stop doing these things because there is no-one I want to vote for
Its hypocrisy for the govt to say they are concerned about the environment and all the ETS tax etc. when they do things like this
Edited to add: I think the policy commences in the next few months and may involve the meat in meat pies. Apparently, if a meat pie is made in Australia with imported meat it can put on its label “made in Australia”, regardless of whether it has meat from BSE at risk countries.:rip:February 25, 2010 at 8:30 am #454719
yes but it can’t be “product of Australia”February 25, 2010 at 9:21 am #454720
If you want to be sure the meat your eating is from Australia and you have the space, buy it from the farmer. Good price and good meat, you can often pick how you want each cut of meat done. If you don’t have the space, go in with other familys. Often you can pick how the cow was fed and sometimes the breed.February 25, 2010 at 9:27 am #454721
I hate the”made from local and imported products” sham… definitley not a fair playing field… I mainly buy my meat from aldi as it is printed that it’s from Australia, not that we buy anywhere near the meat we used to… On the weekend I sometimes buy meat from a local butcher that is open Sundays…
I bought some beautiful locally caught reef fish that cost $17 for 4 of us… It was just beautiful and everyone enjoyed eating it ( thank goodness the cook didn’t muck it up!).. Icut it up into smaller chunks and crumbed it… We had it with a green salad with pinenuts and baked chunks of potato and sweet buck… I justified it by measuring the cost with a takeaway meal and it runs about even for us… I would rather eat what we had tonight, that’s for sure!!
Hey Wazza, you have cute legs… :tup::lol:February 25, 2010 at 9:40 am #454722
I fully agree Wazza and would never knowingly buy imported fresh food – I even go without garlic (god forbid) when they have the Spanish & Chinese stuff in the stores.
That being said – I fully support our lamb & beef exporters – particularly when I am travelling and know that it is superb quality and the beef is BSE free! 😉February 25, 2010 at 9:48 am #454723
Recent thread, Mad Cow Disease, with some news reports.February 25, 2010 at 10:05 am #454724
I recently was knobs of garlic at my local Woollies that were labelled made from local and imported ingredients. How can a knob of garlic be from 2 different places for god’s sake. Suffice to say I did not buy it.
There is only one answer to the meat issue. Buy locally or grow your own.February 25, 2010 at 10:41 am #454725
We’re lucky here, we can go for a short drive and watch the animals grazing happily in the paddocks, before they become our meat, if we want to; I don’t want too! The butcher buys the animals from his dad’s farm. Also supplies free range pork from the Otways, I think it is.
Not so with chicken yet but I live in hope. NB We can buy free range chickens from different butcher.
:tup::tup::tup:February 25, 2010 at 11:10 am #454726
Heard on the radio today that you can buy Australian garlic online. I grow enough that we rarely have to buy it, although, by about May, it’s starting to get green shoots. You can still carefully cut it open and remove the green bit (even plant it) and eat the outside part.
To get back to the point of this thread, I agree that imported meat should be labelled as such, in fact, I think it shouldn’t be imported in the first place. Surely we produce enough in this country for our needs. Makes me glad I’m a vegetarian.
PFebruary 25, 2010 at 2:43 pm #454727
We are lucky as we buy our meat from Avon Valley Beef who are a local company and our vegies from another local grocer. We only buy Ferguson Valley or Harvey Fresh milk which are both local as well. Garlic…I am very happy to say I got from a little italian lady who has been growing her own for the last 46 years and she gave me 10 bulbs straight from her garden so if they ain’t local, I don’t know what is. :tup:February 25, 2010 at 8:24 pm #454728
My local butcher assures me hat all his meat comes mostly from Victoria. It is all free range too, even the chookens. But without actually going to see the farms, how do you really KNOW. And I don’t know about any one else, but I don’t have time to go driving all over the country side.February 25, 2010 at 8:48 pm #454729
i would say your butcher talks bull
There is approxamitleey 10 – 20 foot refridgereted containers a day from oversea’s unloaded from the warf in melbourne they go to a well known meat company
there is at least 1 large skip of waste sometimes 2 goes to the tip each day to be buryed as quarintine waste
They cant take it to the fertelizer works [for fear of foot and mouth ect ]
this waste has to be put in a 3 meter deep hole and then a meter of fill over itFebruary 25, 2010 at 8:56 pm #454730
If you want to be sure the meat your eating is from Australia and you have the space, buy it from the farmer. Good price and good meat, you can often pick how you want each cut of meat done. If you don’t have the space, go in with other familys. Often you can pick how the cow was fed and sometimes the breed.
I would like to buy from the farmer but all the farmers markets i have been to there price is nearley double safeway price
The other day i got a small bottle of marinated goats cheese from a farmers market $12.00 the same amount in aldi $5.20
the farm stuff deffinatley wasent twice as good
I realise they have to make a living but twice the price come onFebruary 25, 2010 at 9:18 pm #454731
Also supplies free range pork from the Otways,
If it is Otway Pork, check check check your labels – most of it is bred free range The babies are born outside and then raised indoors :tdown: They also use commercial pink pigs, which do not have the flavour of our heritage breeds! 😀
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