Pork Quality Assurance Certification

June 21, 2010


The Marshall County Extension Office will host on Tuesday evening, June 29, Pork Quality Assurance Plus Training at the Marshall County Extension Office starting at 6:30 pm.  The program comprises of two main elements – food safety and animal well-being.  Food safety refers to the practices that minimize physical, chemical or biological hazards that might be injurious to consumers.  Animal well-being encompasses producer responsibilities for all aspects of animal well-being, including proper housing, management, nutrition, disease prevention and treatment, responsible care , humane handling and when necessary, humane and timely euthanasia.  Food safety and animal well-being have become concerns for consumers. 

This is being offered to allow area pork producers to become a certified in Pork Quality Assurance Plus to enhance the quality of pork they produce and meet requirements of pork processors.

This program is geared to adults not 4-H youth.  Some pork processors are requiring their suppliers to be certified in Pork Quality Assurance Plus Program to demonstrate they have the knowledge to provide a proper production environment for their swine.   If you would like to attend or have questions about the  program please call the Marshall County Extension Office at (574) 935-8545 or e-mail Robert Yoder, Marshall County Extension Educator, at ryoder@purdue.edu