US pork board launches "Pork Quality Assurance Plus"
The United States National Pork Board this week unveiled its new
quality-assurance programme, the "Pork Quality Assurance Plus" (PQA Plus), an
update to the industry's pork-safety 1989 programme.
The PQA Plus combines two existing programs: PQA certification and the Swine
Welfare Assurance Program.
It includes three steps:
- an individual certification through education
- an assessment of sites where pigs are being raised
- and an independent third-party audit to assure continuous improvement
goals of the program are being implemented in the industry.
PQA Plus is the result of nearly two years of collaborative work from all
sectors of the pork industry. It will have a three-year implementation
National Pork Board
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