Packaging of Australian Goatmeat
Correct packaging of goatmeat is crucial to the overall quality and shelf life of the product, which in turn affects the return to the customer. The polythene covering (sheet or bag) must be of a size to adequately secure the meat content for exposure to outer contamination or freezer damage.
The methods of packaging and symbols are described as follows:
Individually Wrapped (IW). Meat cut is individually wrapped in an approved material, such as a sheet, stock netting or bag. These are most commonly used on larger primal cuts.
Vacuum Packed (VAC). Air and oxygen are removed from the packaging. This creates a vacuum and assists in the preservation of meat and improvement in meat quality due to the lack of oxygen that promotes bacterial growth. Vacuum packing is adapted to all methods of packaging listed above except MAP.