[12 March/Farmers Weekly]

Access and certification for uncooked pork exports to Australia have been agreed by the Ministry for Primary Industries. NZ Pork Chairman, Ian Carter, said that although Australia is a big pork importer, New Zealand had never been on their radar. He added that this was a good opportunity to explore export markets, and that he commended MPI for their role in getting this protocol in place. Mr Carter noted that it was largely due to New Zealand’s highly respected farming status and that the development of NZ Pork’s trust mark was the topic for him to address at Australia’s annual pork industry conference. MPI’s Policy and Trade Deputy Director-General, Jarred Mair, emphasised New Zealand’s strong meat regulatory system and appreciated the support of the New Zealand pork industry