Trade measurement laws regulate the retail and wholesale sale of meat.
Meat is any part of a dead animal, including any attached bone or bone marrow, connective tissue, fat, rind, nerves, blood or skin.
You must sell the following types of meat by weight:
You must sell the following types of offal of the animals listed above by weight:
You must sell processed meat by net weight. This includes meat processed by:
If you sell meat that is not pre-packaged at a predetermined price (e.g. $2.00 chops or pre-priced roasts), you must advertise the weight and price per kilogram close to the marked price.
You do not have to sell the following by weight:
If you do decide to sell these items by weight, you must follow the regulations for selling meat by weight.
If you use a scale to weigh and sell meat that isn’t pre-packaged, you must ensure that:
You are responsible for making sure the scale is correct at all times.
We recommend that you have all your scales checked regularly by a technician licensed by NMI (servicing licensee). For a list of servicing licensees, email tmlicensees [at] measurement.gov.au.
If you sell pre-packaged meat, you must:
You should print weight statements either on labels attached to the package or directly on the package itself. When you pack and sell meat on the same premises, you can hand-write the statement.
The weight statement must be:
In addition, if the packages are not all the same weight, you must mark the total price and price per kilogram either:
Read the Guide to the sale of pre-packaged goods to find out more.
NMI employs trade measurement inspectors throughout Australia. We regularly inspect meat being sold to ensure that sellers are following the correct process.
If an inspector finds that you are short-measuring your customers, you could be fined up to $222,000 per offence.
To find out more about trade measurement laws or report a suspected breach contact the trade measurement helpline:
Last updated: 8 December 2020
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