How can I as a producer participate in the Canadian Quality Assurance Program as delivered by Alberta Pork?
The process involves studying the Producer Manual and other material, creating a plan, working with a validator to achieve registration. It's very likely that your friends in the industry are already participating: there are currently 683 production units in Alberta involved in the program. These units represent 98% of the hogs marketed in Alberta. So welcome aboard: we would be very pleased to have you as part of the program.
How qualified are CQA's Validators?
Our Validators – all highly qualified and experienced professionals in Veterinary Science or Animal Science – are some of the most knowledgeable people in the industry. Some of them are swine herd health specialists while others operate large animal practices or production units. They are also trained in validation procedures by Alberta Pork.
How do I find a Validator?
The staff of Alberta Pork can provide a list of qualified and trained Validators for you. You may choose whomever you wish from that list. Fees for a visit to your farm will depend on the Validator's fee and the distance travelled.
How do I become a Validator?
We're always pleased to add to our list of qualified Validators. Please call us and we'll discuss the requirements and opportunities for work as a Validator.
What is HACCP?
HACCP is an internationally recognized standard of food safety. HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) was developed thirty years ago by NASA, the National Aeronautic and Space Administration to help in preparation for space flight and has since been adopted by the food industry and other industries to help ensure excellence.
We use it to understand the hazards on the farm which could affect food safety and then to deal with them by creating an effective plan and putting it into action. HACCP is an excellent tool which has been used effectively in the food industry throughout the world.
Producers do a good job. Do we really need this program?
Producers who have participated in the program feel that it has helped them understand hazards and how to deal with them effectively. The program helps us develop a plan and to follow it carefully. It also gives us access to the most current information available and to the expertise of Alberta Pork staff and Validators.
Yes, we as an industry do a good job. But CQA has helped us to do even better. It's worth the effort.
What does this program do for consumers?
Consumers are becoming much more interested in the quality and safety of food. The program provides them with the assurance that we are doing our best to produce safe, high quality pork, using the best information and management tools available.
Do consumers know about this program?
We have worked hard to make information on our program available to consumers and will continue to do so.
Each of us can help by telling our friends, colleagues, neighbors and acquaintances about the program and how it helps our industry do a great job in ensuring that the food we produce is safe and nutritious. Be proud of your industry and proud of your efforts, and take the time to tell others about what we do.
How can I get more information on the program?
For more information about Alberta Pork see our Contacts Page