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Lighter note: WA pie makers keep it real

WESTERN Australia’s most famous meat pie maker, Mrs Mac’s, wants all meat pies made in Australia and New Zealand to contain a minimum of 25 per cent "meat flesh". The Australia and new Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council agreed this week, approving the company’s application to change the definition of meat pies. Lovers of the savory delight may be interested to note that under the previous definition, a meat pie was to consist of no less than 25 per cent "meat"- meaning pie makers could add a variety of parts, like offal and components other than skeletal muscle, to the mix. Mrs Mac’s sought the change to reduce claims by consumers and the media about perceived poor practices. The Note was surprised to learn that the application was not fully supported by other states and territories, which raised concerns the application was driven by commercial interests and would be difficult to enforce. Some even suggested there was no evidence the changes would provide a higher quality product. Well, here’s to WA for keeping it...err real.

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