Noting the industry’s continuing changes, the Pork Quality Assurance program has undergone revisions to address food safety and consumer issues.

One booklet now includes all three levels of the PQA program. Level I introduces and outlines the on-farm residue-avoidance program, while Level II serves as a self-review.

From now on, you will not be enrolled in the PQA program until you complete Level III. To achieve this status, you must evaluate your operation based on 10 Good Production Practices, formerly referred to as Critical Control Points.

You also must have an outside verifier, such as your veterinarian or extension agent, review your operation. To continue in the program, you have to recertify every two years.

Here’s a list of the 10 Good Production Practices that you should work to implement on your operation.

1. Identify and track all animals treated with medication.

2. Maintain medication and treatment records.

3. Properly store, label and account for all drug products and medicated feeds on the farm.

4. Obtain and use veterinary prescription drugs only in tandem with a valid veterinarian/client/patient relationship.

5. Educate all employees and family members on proper animal drug
administration techniques and withdrawal times.

6. Use drug residue tests when and where they are appropriate.

7. Establish an efficient and effective herd health management plan.

8. Provide proper swine care.

9. Follow appropriate on-farm processing and commercial feed processor procedures.

10. Complete the quality assurance checklist annually and recertify every two years.

For information on PQA or to receive a copy of the booklet, contact the National Pork Producers Council at (515) 223-2600. The material also is available on the Internet at www.nppc.org