Hon Ken Baston MLC

Hon Ken Baston MLC

Former Minister for Agriculture and Food; Fisheries

    Christmas crackle on the menu

    17/12/2015 6:00 AM
    • WA pork and ham available for festive feasting
    • Pre-prepared specialty products created by local butchers and suppliers
    • High demand for boneless stuffed roasts or marinated 'cook in the bag' cuts 

    For some West Australians, a true festive feast is not complete without the crunch of perfectly crisp WA pork crackle.


    Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston said locally produced pork and ham products were now available in supermarkets and butcher shops in a range of specialty cuts.


    "Sales of fresh pork such as loin and shoulder roasts increase as we head into the feasting season," Mr Baston said.


    "We are also seeing strong demand for quick and convenient alternatives to traditional roasts, with a selection of fresh, pre-prepared specialty products created by local processors and butchers.


    "These include boneless stuffed roasts or marinated 'cook in the bag' cuts which are easy to prepare and cook in half the time - perfect for a busy Christmas day."


    The Minister said free range fresh pork production had increased in the State over the past 12 months, with this product more readily available in stores.


    "Another Christmas favourite is ham on the bone, and it's tremendous that some smallgood producers and specialist butchers have teamed together to produce and sell locally sourced ham," he said.


    "There is obviously a consumer-driven demand for local product and this is a great example of retailers and processors working together to support our local producers."


    Mr Baston said WA customers would be able to identify WA pork and ham products carrying the State Government's Buy West Eat Best logo.


    "This is good news for our WA pork producers and good news for consumers who can have confidence in the quality of the product," he said.


    "The Buy West Eat Best initiative is a great way for growers, processors and retailers to promote safe, quality WA food products, backed by quality assurance programs and protocols."


    Fact File

    • WA's pork industry produces 10% of Australia's pig meat, with a farm-gate value of $130 million
    • By mid-2016, 20% of pork produced in WA will be from free range production systems
    • For more information, visit http://www.buywesteatbest.org.au  

    Minister's office - 6552 5400