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.
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.