Pork Quality Assurance® Plus Revisions Take Effect Today
Updates feature two certification options for producers
Source: National Pork Board (NPB)
June 5, 2019
DES MOINES, IOWA – June 5, 2019 – Revisions to the Pork Quality Assurance® Plus (PQA Plus®) 4.0 are effective today. The updated program reflects pork producers’ commitment to continuous improvement and features two training options – first-time and recertification.
“Pork producers are committed to the six We Care ethical principles because we want to do what’s best for people, pigs and the planet,” said David Newman, incoming National Pork Board president and a pork producer from Jonesboro, Arkansas. “This program has been a collaborative effort between producers, packers and industry representatives for over 30 years.”
New research information has been incorporated into the latest version to increase the program’s effectiveness and to help ensure its validity with customers and consumers. Pork producers remain focused on providing a safe, high-quality product while promoting animal well-being, environment stewardship and public health.
The PQA Plus enhancements include:
First-time certification provides new caretakers with the basic
knowledge and education needed to work in the industry. The 75-minute
presentation includes core content needed to be successful in the industry.
Recertification training gives experienced caretakers the
opportunity to renew their certification in a scenario-based setting with their
advisor or online.
· Advisors can customize a portion of the training to fit the caretaker or group, based on experience and skills that need to be refreshed. Beyond core training, additional content is available for advisors to focus on particular production areas.
Producers may complete first-time or recertification training
online through interactive learning modules. The online training modules,
divided into the six We Care ethical principles, are each two to 14 minutes
· To help producers prepare for a foreign animal disease, a Secure Pork Supply resource is included in the updated PQA Plus.
For more information on the revised PQA Plus program, visit pork.org/certifications.
The National Pork Board has responsibility for Checkoff-funded research, promotion and consumer information projects and for communicating with pork producers and the public. Through a legislative national Pork Checkoff, pork producers invest $0.40 for each $100 value of hogs sold. Importers of pork products contribute a like amount, based on a formula. The Pork Checkoff funds national and state programs in advertising, consumer information, retail and foodservice marketing, export market promotion, production improvement, science and technology, swine health, pork safety and sustainability and environmental management. For information on Checkoff-funded programs, pork producers can call the Pork Checkoff Service Center at (800) 456-7675 or check the Internet at pork.org.