Recognizing that consumers continually want to be reassured that the pork industry remains committed to animal care and food safety, a newly created common industry audit platform was announced by industry representatives at Work Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa.
Chris Novak CEO of the National Pork Board said the new audit platform is not just another check-off program. “This initiative will be producers and packers working together to enhance animal,” he said.
A task force composed of representatives from the National Pork Board, the National Pork Producers Council’s packer processor industry council and swine veterinarians created the new platform that is set to be released by mid-July.
Today’s consumers continue to monitor where their food comes from and according to Chris Hodges chair of the NPPC 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.