Producers Encouraged to Familiarize Themselves with New CQA Verification Procedures

by 5m Editor
9 December 2004, at 12:00am

CANADA - Farm-Scape: Episode 1665. Farm-Scape is a Wonderworks Canada production and is distributed courtesy of Manitoba Pork Council and Sask Pork.

Farm-Scape, Episode 1665

Manitoba Pork Council is encouraging the province's hog producers to familiarize themselves with new verification procedures under Canadian Quality Assurance before their validator arrives on the farm.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency's technical review of the Canadian Quality Assurance program, has resulted in several revisions to the on farm food safety program.

Manitoba Pork Council Swine Extension Specialist Melanie Couture expects the revised packages to be on their way to producers in Manitoba by the end of this week.

"Basically they'll be receiving a binder which will have the assessment form and the producer manual all in one.

It will also include an order form to send away for the electronic CD-ROM version of the CQA kit. Basically what they'll be looking at is filling out the assessment form. There have been a few minor changes to about four questions. They'll also want to start learning about verification procedures, which their veterinarians will go over with them at the validation.

We're basically asking producers to get involved in this new program for their 2005 validation. It might be a little short of time for the January producers but February producers for sure will be expected to follow the program and basically learn about verification, read through the manual and assessment form before their validator comes out if they can and learn about the new procedures. "

Couture says producers will also notice there will be no more sulfa tests for 2005 and beyond. She says most producers have established the times when they get their validations done and with 45 validators in the province there should not be much difficulty scheduling validations although things could get hectic at the end of 2005.

For Farmscape.Ca, I'm Bruce Cochrane.

5m Editor