Grocery shopping in Hong Kong, particularly when it comes to meat, can be completely overwhelming. Supermarkets here source their product from around the globe. There are dozens of different suppliers, each with their own definition of quality, with products being handled by countless agents, buyers and wholesalers before it gets to your supermarket shelves.
Without being alarmist, it’s a food safety nightmare, and we keep seeing these horrible stories in the media about meat being mislabelled or, worse, being sold horse meat. Remember that from a couple of years back?
I worry about what goes onto my family’s plates. My overriding concern is ensuring the products are safe to eat and have the highest possible nutritional value. That's why our cattle get water, sun and grass. This is a picture from the property.
SAFE AND SOUND
So, what makes Aussie meat safe to eat?
Australian farmers – and that includes my Dad, who runs the farm where we source all of our products – have to meet (no pun intended!) some of the strictest food safety laws in the world.
- The country is free from all major epidemic diseases, including Foot and Mouth Disease and Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy – the infamous Mad Cow disease.
- Australia is one of the world’s largest red meat exporters, so the industry is committed to safe food production to protect that reputation.
- The government and farmers work together closely to control what Australians eat, which means you get the best quality.
- The guidelines include the hygiene of farms, which ensures livestock does not come into contact with nasty chemicals that create long-lasting chemical residues.
- The safety measures include how animals are treated. For example, there are strict rules about transporting livestock, which ensures their humane treatment.
- Packing and distribution of meat is monitored by Australia’s renowned Quarantine and Inspection Service.
So there’s a few reasons why Australian meat is a better buy and healthier for your family. I've taken these points from Safe Meat, which is responsible for health and safety, and Meat and Livestock Australia that determines what farmer can and cannot do.
Of course, Farmer’s Kitchen only sells beef and lamb that has been raised by my family, is grass-fed and hormone-free. I know the meat we offer is as tasty, nutritious and healthy as it possibly can be.