Once you’ve enrolled in the voluntary Trichinae Certification Program and worked through the Good Production Practices, the auditing and certification process follows.
Dave Pyburn, DVM, is the National Trichinae Coordinator for USDA’s Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service. Here he provides the procedures that an operation will go through to move toward certification and stay in the program.
Sites will be audited on a regular schedule to document that the standards have been implemented and maintained to ensure that the swine on the site have been raised under the program’s GPPs. To guide the certification process and to establish the auditing schedule’s three stages (I, II and III) have been established.
The date of program entry will be determined from the date of the audit leading to Stage I (enrolled) status is completed. If a site is de-certified and re-enrolled after a successful audit, a new anniversary date will be established.
Stage I, Enrolled - Sites that have the initial USDA-approved audit will be granted Stage I enrolled status. This indicates that the site has met all require-ments of the trichinae GPPs. During Stage I, swine may not be sold as originating from a trichinae-certified production site.
Stage II, Certified - Sites with Stage I enrolled status may request an audit for Stage II certified status no sooner than five months and must submit a completed audit form no later than seven months after attaining Stage I status. If an audit for Stage II certified status is not completed within that time frame the production site will be removed from the program (de-certified). Sites holding Stage II certification may sell swine as originating from a trichinae-certified site.
Stage III, Certified - Sites holding Stage II certified status may request an audit for Stage III certified status after eight months and must submit a completed audit form no later than 10 months follow- ing the Stage II certified status date. If USDA does not receive an audit for Stage III certified status within this time frame then the production site will be removed from the program. Sites holding or maintain-ing Stage III certification may continue to sell swine as originating from a trichinae-certified site.
Maintenance of Stage III, Certified Status and Trichinae Certification - Sites holding Stage III certified status must request a renewal audit no sooner than 14 months and must submit a completed audit form no later than 16 months following the most recent certification date. If USDA does not receive an audit for Stage III certified status within this time frame then the production site will be removed from the program.