Reaffirming their commitment to the U.S. pork industry and its customers, Pork Act delegates at the recent National Pork Industry Forum passed two resolutions dealing with Pork Quality Assurance Plus® (PQA Plus®) participation.
The first resolution titled PQA Plus participation stated that Pork Act Delegates (excluding exporters) as individuals commit to promptly complete PQA Plus certification, and conduct on-farm assessments of each site, and have all employees who are involved in hands-on production complete the age appropriate PQA Plus program and are strongly encouraged to complete all assessments and certifications by Pork Forum 2010.
The second resolution titled PQA Plus participation stated that all pork producers participate in age-appropriate PQA Plus programs and achieve site status.
“These resolutions reflect the pork industry’s renewed commitment to social responsibility and accountability,” said Tim Bierman, a certified PQA Plus and site assessed producer from Iowa and a member of the National Pork Board. “By producers becoming PQA Plus certified and achieving PQA Plus site status, our customers can have the confidence in the safety of our product and the husbandry practices that producers employ as they care for their animals.”
Also during the recent National Pork Industry Forum, 42 producers attended PQA Plus training. The training was open to all delegates who had not yet been certified in PQA Plus.
“Producers have the tools available to them to show our customers that we are doing the right thing and that we are accountable for our actions,” said Bierman. “The actions taken by the Pork Act delegates send the message that we as an industry are committed to producing pork responsibly.”
PQA Plus was launched at the World Pork Expo in June 2007. A total of 25,125 producers are certified in PQA Plus.
The National Pork Board has responsibility for Checkoff-funded research, promotion and consumer information projects and for communicating with pork producers and the public. Through a legislative national Pork Checkoff, pork producers invest $0.40 for each $100 value of hogs sold. The Pork Checkoff funds national and state programs in advertising, consumer information, retail and foodservice marketing, export market promotion, production improvement, technology, swine health, pork safety and environmental management.
Source: National Pork Board