Pork Quality Assurance
Pork Quality Assurance Plus® (PQA Plus) is a continuous improvement program that was launched June 2007 at the World Pork Expo. This program outlines Good Production Practices (GPPs) in the areas of animal care and food safety. PQA Plus outlines three distinct components of participation:
- Individuals can become certified through an education program;
- Producer farms can receive a benchmark site status designation through on-farm site assessment; and
- Sites will be randomly selected for an on-farm survey as part of a verification process.
Results will be used to enhance program content and track achievements, adding further credibility to PQA Plus. As with the original program, PQA Plus certification and site certification is valid for three years. If producers are currently PQA certified, they do not have to complete PQA Plus until their original certification expires. To learn more about the PQA Plus certification program visit NPB's PQA Plus website.