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Overwhelming Support for PQA Plus

by 5m Editor
30 March 2009, at 8:52am

US - Reaffirming their commitment to the US 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."