A Brief History of Quality Assurance (QA) in Pig Production
It was, and still is, a voluntary program, administered by Australian Pork Limited (APL) on behalf of the pig industry. Over time, APIQ® provided the framework and tools for pork producers to demonstrate good practices for food safety, traceability, animal welfare and biosecurity. A second transitional quality assurance program called PigPass Quality Assurance (PPQA) was implemented to underpin the declarations made on the PigPass National Vendor Declaration (NVD) in relation to food safety and encourage uptake of QA.
Today’s discerning consumers are less informed about farm practices and food production than they used to be, but are more aware and concerned about animal welfare and food safety, requiring greater assurance from industry on these issues.
Keeping QA Simple
On-farm systems do not have to be complicated to demonstrate how you meet quality assurance standards. Basically, your Piggery Management Manual and records describe the day-to-day tasks on your farm, and how they are performed. Providing you follow accepted ‘Good Agricultural Practices’ (GAP), and successfully meet APIQ® standards, you will receive APIQ® certification that allows you to sell your pigs as ‘Quality Assured’.
Benefits of APIQ® to Pork Producers
Managing a piggery according to the APIQ® prescribed program delivers pigs of a consistent quality, which in turn, delivers customer satisfaction and profitability.