Pork is the most widely eaten meat in the world. More than 36% of the world meat intake is pork. Did you know that you can tell how a pig has been reared by a quality label on the meat package? Let Anna & Dean tell you more!

Different quality labels

We have to take good care of pigs, even if we are going to end up eating them. That is why meat now has a quality label. The label can be found on the packaging when you buy it from the shop.

A quality label can tell you exactly what kind of life the pig has had. How much space did the piglet have and were there any toys to play with? Could it root around on the ground or roll around in the straw? You can find all this out just by looking at the quality label.

Anna and Dean meet the pigs

Anna and Dean visit a pig farm

Food labels and animal welfare

Nowadays you can find meat in the supermarket that aswer to a certain animal welfare certification. This is presented with a label on the package. The label tells you how animals were kept: How much room did the pigs have, are they able to go outside or are they kept indoors in an enriched environment. Next time you go to the supermarket keep an eye our for those different labels.

Free-range meat

A free-range pig has a plenty of space and can go out to play in the sunshine. 

Organic meat

Meat may be called ‘organic’ if the pig has eaten food made without the use of chemical pesticides and if no fertiliser has been used. Moreover, the pig has had a lot of space, both inside and outside. The pig could also root around in the mud. 

Test your knowledge

Sometimes, when you’re giving a presentation, you might need to ask the audience questions. Why not test your own knowledge here? You could use them in your presentation.