Trichinella Certification in the U.S. Pork Industry
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The SafePork conference series began in 1996 to bring together international researchers, industry, and government agencies to discuss current Salmonella research and identify research needs pertaining to both pig and pork production. In subsequent years topics of research presented at these conferences expanded to include other chemical and biological hazards to pig and pork production.
We report here on a certification pilot study using an on-farm auditing system to document good production practices for swine relative to the risk of exposure to Trichinella spiralis. Based on the results, improvements in the program have been made and further piloting of the program is being undertaken prior to launching the Trichinae Certification Program in the United States. The Trichinella certification mechanism will establish a process for ensuring the quality and safety of animal-derived food products from the farm through slaughter.