Story: Government and agriculture

Meat inspection label, about 1939

Meat inspection label, about 1939

The New Zealand government introduced meat inspection in 1900 to improve the quality and competitiveness of the country’s exports in the UK market. Each carcass was checked at the freezing works and was given this label before being frozen. Meat inspectors were government employees, and therefore independent of meat companies.

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Tony Nightingale, 'Government and agriculture - Formation of the Department of Agriculture', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 January 2022)

Story by Tony Nightingale, published 24 Nov 2008