Pork Quality Assurance Plus™ Program
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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.
Pork producers in the United States have developed a new food safety and animal care certification program that builds on the current Pork Quality Assurance (PQA') program. Working with the pork industry's customers, pork producers have created a workable, credible and affordable solution to assure food safety and animal care and at the same time meet the needs of customers including restaurants, food retailers and, ultimately, consumers. The industry's solution is a continuous improvement system focused on producer education and premises assessment, which is called PQA Plus™.