European Pork


A key safety obligation under EU food law includes product traceability and the ability to withdraw a product if determined to be unsafe. 

Product traceability implies the capability to trace the food product from the supplying farm through to the final product. In the case of pigs in Ireland the producer must identify all pigs that are moved off the farm either by ear tag or slap mark.

At the processing plant this information is transformed into a product traceability code.

This system allows individual processing plants to be able to trace the finished product along the production & distribution chain to the farm of origin. This allows consumers to have absolute confidence in EU pigmeat products.

Ireland was also the first country in Europe to implement DNA traceability in its pig herd. This means Irish pork is fully DNA traceable.