The National Pork Board has announced plans for a new common industry audit platform for pork producers, packers and processors. The program will use the existing Pork Quality Assurance Plus program as a foundation and expand on that for a common audit platform for the industry. The main goal of the common audit process is to provide consumers greater assurance of the care farmers and pork processors put into improving animal care and food safety. The common process will meet individual company and customer needs, focus on outcome-based criteria that measure animal welfare, provide clarity to producers with regard to audit standards and expectations, minimize duplication and prevent oversampling, and ensure greater integrity of the audit process through consistent application. NPB CEO Chris Novak says the pork industry knows consumers are demanding a higher level of integrity from the pork industry’s quality assurance processes and procedures. Novak says this common audit framework has truly been the industry coming together to better serve the needs of farmers, customers and consumers. He says this is not a new Pork Checkoff program – but rather an initiative led by producers and packers working together to enhance animal care.
Source: NAFB News Service