Frequently Asked Ham and Bacon Questions

Most Australians are surprised to learn the majority of ham and bacon is made using imported pork.
Our aim is to raise awareness of imported pork products, and help shoppers find ham and bacon made from Aussie pork.
Below is the answers to our most common questions, but you can also contact us at porkmark@australianpork.com.au.
We have also listed our award-winning ham and bacon makers in your state, as well as some nationally available products.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does ham and bacon made from Australian pork contain a small percentage of imported ingredients e.g., 3%?

Usually, the bar chart on the label of your Australian ham and bacon will show 97% Australian ingredients. This means the pork used in the product is 100% Australian, but some of the other ingredients, like specialty cures and salts, aren’t manufactured in Australia. These ingredients are different to regular salts (which there is plenty of in Australia).

Why can bacon and ham be imported into Australia?

Australia does not currently produce enough pork to make ALL the ham and bacon we consume. Due to this shortfall, some imported pork must be used to make ham and bacon.

The Federal Government allowed pork imports in the early 1990s. Australia is a trading nation and depends on access to overseas markets to export our products. As a general principle, this access is reciprocal – if Australia wants to access other countries’ markets, then those countries should be allowed to access our market.

Australia’s obligation to remain open to imports is part of our membership of the World Trade Organization (WTO), which helps to keep international trade free and fair. When imports were allowed, there were conditions put upon this, which were science-based and necessary to help preserve Australia’s unique disease-free status.

Is bacon and ham with a green and gold kangaroo made from Australian pork?

Unfortunately, the green and gold kangaroo on pack alone does not mean the product is made using Australian pork. The kangaroo only signifies that the product was made in Australia, not necessarily from Australian grown produce. To ensure the ham and bacon you’re buying is made from Australian pork, check the bar chart on the country of origin label shows more than 90% Australian ingredients.

There is imported ham and bacon in the deli as well as in the chiller section of supermarkets. However, all products legally must carry the country-of-origin label, whether they are sold loose or packaged. If you’re not sure which products are Australian in the deli, you can ask the deli assistant or manager.

Where can I buy Aussie ham and bacon?

Lots of local butchers in Australia make their own smallgoods using Australian pork. If you need help finding a butcher near you, feel free to get in touch with us and we can help you out or check out our lists below of recent winners of our Ham and Bacon Awards.

If you would rather buy your ham and bacon from a major retailer, below is also a list of nationally available products from Coles and Woolworths. Smaller retailers such as IGA should also stock Australian ham and bacon.

At Aldi or Costco, look out for the pink square Australian Pork logo on pack to be sure your bacon and ham is made from Aussie pork. Just make sure you are looking at the bar chart below the green and gold kangaroo. If it is 90% full or more, you’re buying Aussie and supporting our farmers.

Do we export any ham and bacon?

Australia only exports approximately 10% of the pork we produce, much of which is offal which has low demand here in Australia. On the other hand, we import the majority of pork used to make processed products Australian’s love such as bacon and ham.

Where does imported ham and bacon come from?

Of the imported pork that comes into Australia, almost half is from the US. The rest being from Europe, predominantly the Netherlands and Denmark. A small amount is also imported from Canada.

Why do the supermarkets not stock more Aussie ham and bacon?

Australia does not currently produce enough pork to make ALL the ham and bacon we consume. Due to this shortfall, some imported pork must be used to make ham and bacon.

By law, every food product in the supermarket has a country-of-origin label that helps you identify if the food you’re choosing is made from imported or local ingredients. To find ham and bacon made using Australian pork, look for a bar chart on the label that is almost full, or over 90%.

What about other smallgoods like salami?

Most smallgoods like salami and pepperoni are made with Australian pork. Most salamis are cured but uncooked, meaning they cannot be imported. But watch out for products like devon, mortadella, hot dogs, and cabanossi. These can be made from imported pork.

Best Bacon by State

Campbell’s Superior Meats, West Pymble

Hunter Valley Meat Emporium, Pitnacree

Edwards Family Butchery, Gosford

Adam’s Family Meats, New Lambton

Edwards Family Butchery, Woy Woy

The Free Range Butcher, Mona Vale

Big Country Meats, Coffs Harbour

Wagga Free Range Pork, Mangoplah

Adamstown Fresh Meats, Adamstown

Southlands Quality Meats, Mawson

Griffith Butchery, Griffith

M&K Meats, Condor

Elite Meats, Holt

Meatways, Kambah

Pialligo Estate Smokehouse, Pialligo

Schulz Butchers, Edinburgh North

Barossa Fine Foods, Edinburgh North

Kanmantoo Bacon, Kanmantoo

St James Quality Cuts, Adelaide

Skara Smallgoods, Nairne

Leabrook Quality Meats, Leabrook

Cummins Meat Store, Cummins

L&L Master Butchers, Bentleigh

Arnold Family Butchers, Boort

Flora Hill Quality Meats, Flora Hill

Peter G Bouchier, Moorabbin

Griffin & Morris Village Butchers, Berwick

Montrose Meats/Smokehouse, Montrose

Barkly Smokehouse, Thornbury

Little Creek Cattle Company, Coldstream

Rob’s British Butchers, Dandenong

Westridge Meats, Toowoomba

Loveday’s Quality Meats, Burleigh Waters

Boodles Meats, North Rockhampton

Gray’s Modern Meat Mart, Toowoomba

Monkey Joes Café, Port Douglas

Noosa Meat Centre, Noosaville

Barritt’s Butchery, Svensson Heights

Master Butchers Whitsunday, Airlie Beach

Schulte’s, Plainland

Eurostyle Smallgoods, Bibra Lake

Pingelly Quality Meats, Pingelly

Black Label Berkshire, Perth

Princi Smallgoods, Malaga

Salume Amo, O’Connor

Quin’s Gourmet Butchers, Northam

Artisan Gourmet, Belmont

Plantagenet Meats, Mount Barker

Tasmanian Meat Wholesalers, Hobart

Perry’s Quality Meats, Smithton

Sharman’s Butchery, Burnie

Boks Bacon, Glenorchy

Best Ham by State

Hunter Valley Meat Emporium, Pitnacree

Campbell’s Superior Meats, West Pymble

Premier Meats, Tenterfield

Sunshine Meats, Milperra

Sutcliffe Meats, Sydney

Big Country Meats, Coffs Harbour

Southlands Quality Meats, Mawson

Griffith Butchery, Griffith

M&K Meats, Condor

Elite Meats, Holt

Meatways, Kambah

Barossa Fine Foods, Edinburgh North

Saint Meat, North Haven

Hope Valley Butchers, Hope Valley

Barossa Hill Butchers, Angaston

Churchill’s Butchery, Marryatville

Gumshire Hampshire Pork, Keyneton

Berri North Meat Store, Berri

Griffin & Morris Village Butchers, Berwick

Barkly Smokehouse, Thornbury

L&L Master Butchers, Bentleigh

Arnold Family Butchers, Boort

Lago Paramount Smallgoods, Melbourne

Andrew’s Choice Smokehouse, Laverton North

Montrose Meats/Smokehouse, Montrose

Gray’s Modern Meat Mart, Toowoomba

Noosa Meat Centre, Noosaville

Westridge Meats, Toowoomba

SunValley Fine Foods, Warana

Mirrabooka Pork, Camp Hill

Pattemore’s Meats, Thornlands

Gold Coast Fresh Meat Centre, Burleigh Heads

Eurostyle Smallgoods, Bibra Lake

Princi Smallgoods, Malaga

Mondo Doro, Palmyra

Princi Butchers, Fremantle

Re and Sons Quality Smallgoods, Malaga

Quin’s Gourmet Butchers, Northam

Sharman’s Butchery, Burnie

Tasmanian Meat Wholesalers, Hobart

Wursthaus, Hobart

Weren’t able to find any butchers in your area? Below is a list of previous entrants in our Ham and Bacon Awards who use Aussie pork in their products.

Hastie’s Top Taste Meats, Wollongong

Stapleton Family Meats, Gymea

Poachers Pantry, Hall

The Butchery on Brunker, Adamstown

German Butchery, Mona Vale

Stokes The Butcher, Wauchope

Blue Ribbon Meats, Leumeah

Meat on Maitland, Bingara

Mulgoa Meat Co., Mulgoa

Kaczanowski & Co, South Strathfield

Baker Crescent Meats, Baulkham Hills

The Pickled Pig Butchery, Cessnock

Stockade Meats, Budgewoi

Plateau Fine Quality Meats, Collaroy Plateau

Alstonsville Quality Meats, Alstonville

Lucas Quality Meats, Bronte

Barry Bros Butchery, Bulahdelah

Oscar’s Family Butchers, Adelaide

Steiny’s Traditional Mettwurst, Tanunda

Coronation Meat Store, Tailem Bend

Newbury and Watson, Mt Barker

McLaren Country Butcher, McLaren Vale

Tendawrap Butchers, Hallett Cove

Meat Barns Australia, Warrnambool

Uncle’s Smallgoods, Dandenong

Steel’s Butchers, Wedderburn

Barwon Valley Smallgoods, Norlane

Sait’s Family Butcher, Swan Hill

Country Style Meats, Garfield

Goodall’s Quality Meats, Hamlyn Heights

Paradigm Foods, Brisbane City

Elite Meats, Boonah

Midway Butchers, Innisfail

Premier Meats, Innisfail

Marsh Butcheries, Stratford

Meat City, Morayfield

Dawson Road Butchery, Rockhampton

Allora Butchery, Allora

Gilly’s Smallgoods, Clontarf

Andrew’s Meats, Highfields

Freckle Farm Shop, Eton

Merivale Farms, Allora

Salm Meats, Carindale

Circle T Meats, Raceview

Sunshine Coast Organic Meats, Forest Glen

Downtown Butchery, Proserpine

The Aussie Smoke House, Warana

Master Meats, Warana

William’s Meats, Forrestfield

McLoughlin Butchers, Malaga

Grayson’s Family Butchers, Waikiki

Elmar’s Smallgoods, Highgate

Weirs Butchers, Nedlands

Primavera Quality Meats, Mount Hawthorn

Tony’s House of Tender Meats, Midland

Buckingham Meats, South Bunbury

Beyond the Gate Gourmet Butcher, King River

Vermey’s Quality Meats, Sandy Bay

Supreme Smallgoods, Moonah

Casalinga Gourmet Meats, Launceston

Peppermill Gourmet Kitchen and Smokehouse, Legana

Nigel’s Gourmet on Tamar, Exeter

The Sausage Shop, Perth

Nationally Available Hams and Bacon

Still struggling to find some Aussie options? Below are nationally available products you can get from Woolworths and Coles.
Note: If you shop at Aldi look out for the Australian Pork pink logo. All Aussie ham sold at Aldi carries our logo.