In Ireland, as an EU member state we have a very efficient veterinary control system. Pigs are monitored & tested on the farm.
Member states are obliged to implement a salmonella control programme at all steps along the production chain.
The pork end product is exposed to a range of toxicological and other tests.
Detailed rules are in place governing acceptable and unacceptable substances that can be administered to pigs.
Antibiotics can only be used under veterinary supervision and legislation is being implemented which forbids the prophylactic use of antimicrobials.