There's a new pork industry program available involving pork producers, their veterinarians and packers, with the goal of ensuring that pork products remain free of broken needles and other physical hazards. The "One Is Too Many" awareness campaign is designed to provide the pork industry with information to prevent physical hazards, such as broken needles, from showing up in consumer products. The goal is simple - that no one ever finds a broken needle as they sit down to the dinner table.

"Pork safety is first and foremost on the minds of all producers. We want to make sure consumers can place their trust in us and enjoy our products," says Barb Determan, NPPC President-elect and chair of the Pork Safety Committee. "The 'One Is Too Many' campaign helps us accomplish this. By making everyone more aware of the role they play in preventing broken needles, we can reach our goal of maintaining a safe and profitable pork industry."

National Pork Producers Council, in cooperation with the National Pork Board, coordinated the checkoff-funded campaign and distributed information to veterinarians and packers across the United States. This material is designed to help producers and veterinarians formulate plans to prevent broken needles, identify at-risk animals and help raise packer awareness of this issue.

Paul Sundberg, NPPC Assistant Vice President of Veterinary Issues, says it is important that the industry works together to prevent this problem.

"Preventing broken needles begins on the farm with proper production practices. But preventing these hazards goes beyond the producer," Sundberg says. "Veterinarians play an important role in assisting producers to develop procedures for properly handling needles and preventing breakage. Packers can help by developing fair policies that encourage producers to identify the at-risk animals, while offering appropriate payment for them."

"One Is Too Many" materials contain points to consider when developing a written Standard Operating Procedures to prevent broken needles on the farm and detail the steps to take if a needle breaks. For program materials or more information, contact NPPC at (515) 223-2600.