European Pork

Quality Assurance

In recent years there has been a rapid growth in the number of quality assurance schemes operating in the EU pigmeat sector.
Quality assurance programmes are the cornerstone of the EU’s food quality policy.

QA auditor at a large processing facility

Individual member states like Ireland also operate a variety of voluntary quality assurance programmes that operate in addition to the regulatory standards.

These schemes define a series of technical requirements that cover the entire production chain from the farm to the meat processing plant.

They are based on ISO quality management principles & incorporate HACCP.

In many cases the schemes provide for a quality logo to be displayed on the final consumer product.
Quality logos attest to the specific quality of the product & are a guarantee to the consumer that the product has been produced in accordance with the highest Quality assurance standards.

The quality assurance scheme in Ireland is called the Pigmeat Quality Assurance Scheme (PQAS) (Ireland), which will transition to the Sustainable Pig Assurance Scheme (SPAS) in 2019.