*Joy Philippi is a fourth-generation Nebraska farmer and pork producer and partners with her parents in Philippi Farms. She has been active in agricultural advocacy for many years and is a former president of the National Pork Producers Council and Nebraska Pork Producers Assn. and a past board member of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture.
RECOGNIZING that consumers continually want to be reassured that the pork industry remains committed to animal care and food safety, industry representatives announced a newly created common industry audit platform during the Work Pork Expo last week in Des Moines, Iowa.
Chris Novak, chief executive officer of the National Pork Board, said the new audit platform is not just another checkoff program. "This initiative will be producers and packers working together to enhance animal care," he explained.
A task force composed of representatives from the Pork Board, the National Pork Producers Council's packer processor industry council and swine veterinarians created the new platform, which is set to be released by mid-July.
Consumers today continue to monitor where their food comes from, and according to Chris Hodges, chair of the packer processor industry council, "A common audit is needed to meet the demands of consumers and recognize the needs of producers."
The new audit will provide outcome-based criteria that measure animal welfare, give clarity to producers with regard to audit standards and expectations and ensure greater integrity of the audit process through consistent application.