Pig Meat Safety
The implementation of the EU Food Hygiene package in 2006 introduced the concept of a farm-to-fork approach. It is a holistic concept embracing all elements which may have an impact on the safety of food at every step of the food chain – from the farm to the consumer’s table. High standards of pig health and welfare help to protect food safety and public health, which helps to build consumer trust in pig meat products.
Communication throughout the food chain, from the farm to the consumer, is a critical element of this approach and has led to the introduction of Food Chain Information (FCI) and Collection and Communication of Inspection Results (CCIR).
Traceability is paramount in in pig meat safety. The European Commission
“Under EU law, “traceability” means the ability to track any food, feed, food-producing animal or substance that will be used for consumption, through all stages of production, processing and distribution.”
“Traceability is a risk-management tool which allows food business operators or authorities to withdraw or recall products which have been identified as unsafe. It is a cornerstone of the EU’s food safety policy.”