May has been a month of change and improvement for the Pork industry. With ever increasing emphasis directed towards preventing food fraud and eliminating the risk of another Horsegate style scandal, maintaining clear food assurance schemes and standards such as that of the updated BMPA Pork scheme is the next natural step in creating true transparency within the food industry.
So what’s new?
1) The BMPA launched their updated Pork Scheme at the beginning of May 2015. This comes following several months of comprehensive reviews carried out by the BMPA to meet the high standards and changing needs of consumers, retails and manufacturers.
With an improvement on auditing arrangements, an extension of the schemes scope to cover external cold stores and to strengthen and focus upon, traceability and provenance, this new approach reflects a more modern, clear set of standards that the products carrying the Red Tractor logo have carried out and maintained.
This focus towards traceability and provenance bring in to act a requirement for scheme participants to truly demonstrate an understanding of their supply chains. This focus is aimed at helping the whole supply chain to thrive in a way that is sustainable in the long term.
All scheme participants will have to accommodate monthly traceability checks and records shall be kept for a minimum of twelve months for evaluations. The aim is to ensure that the materials used in manufacture, both meat and non-meat, and packaging, comply with the requirements of the Standard.
The updated scheme includes a requirement for the use of CCTV in all areas to observe animal welfare, as well requirements for adequate facilities for washing and disinfecting hauliers’ vehicles to meet improved, stricter rules for biosecurity.
2) New EU rules on country of origin labelling mean pig producers will now have to answer some extra questions on the electronic pig movement service, eAML2
The rules will apply to all producers sending pigs to slaughter and the changes mean the origin of the pigs will have to be declared. The questions cover the origin of the pig, its age and weight, plus whether there has been movement between farms.
This is not a major change for pig producers, however does mean that they will have to answer extra questions in order to comply with the new EU rules that came into effect on the 25 May 2015.
With the latest figures from Defra confirming that the UK pig supplies remained high during April and with recent research performed by YouGov showing that nearly 70 percent of shoppers trust the meat they buy in supermarkets, consumers’ confidence is growing and we all have to ensure we do our bit to maintain and motivate this positive move within the industry.
70 percent of shoppers trust the Pork they buy in supermarkets – what is the industry doing to maintain and motivate this positive move?