Friday, March 6, 2015

CQA to merge food safety and animal welfare

The Canadian Quality Assurance (CQA) program for hog producers is being updated to incorporate the animal welfare standards recently adopted under the national Code of Practice.

The merger is due to be ready for pilot testing this summer.

Dickson Gould of the Canadian Pork Council said there will be some additions to the Code of Practice to make the new Canadian Quality Assurance even better for producers.

It is also being “streamlined,” he said, and will be available to use electronically.

It's a voluntary program, but hog farmers who are not certified often find their markets restricted because most large-volume packers want only hogs from CQA-certified farms.