Pig farmers renew their membership of IKB Pig scheme

by 5m Editor
15 January 2004, at 12:00am

HOLLAND - Ninety per cent of Dutch pigmeat is produced in accordance with the standards of the quality assurance system Integrated Chain Control (IKB). This was the situation in 2003 and as 2004 gets under way the situation seems to continue.

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Dutch pig farmers have rejoined the quality assurance scheme in huge numbers. Re-registration was necessary as a result of the more rigorous measures introduced into the system as of 1 January 2004.

With effect from 1 January 2004 the Dutch quality assurance system IKB Pigs has been revised in a large number of areas. The changes relate mainly to quality control on pig farms. For instance, the sectoral monitoring programme for undesirable substances (Sampling and Analysis of Forbidden substances – SAFe varkens (SAFe pigs)) has been incorporated into the IKB Pigs scheme. As part of the SAFe pigs programme, the independent Inspection Institute for the Animal Sector (CBD) takes random samples from pigs on the farm.

The samples are tested for a wide range of undesirable substances, such as unauthorised veterinary medicines and growth promoters. The monitoring and testing of SAFe pigs marks the final stage in the quality assurance procedures developed by the Dutch pigmeat sector under the IKB system.

Furthermore, with effect from 1 January 2004, the GMP code for storage and dispensing of feed on pig farms will be applicable for the storage and use of pig feed. Pig farmers also undertake to establish protocols containing standard procedures for a number of farm operations. This will mean that the procedures on IKB pig farms conform with the system described in the ISO quality assurance standards.

Source: Dutch Meat Board - 15th January 2003

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