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PQA Adviser Training from IPIC

by 5m Editor
16 January 2008, at 8:45am

IOWA - Pig industry professionals can become Pork Quality Assurance Plus™ Advisors under the National Pork Board's PQA Plus™ program.

Veterinarians and others in Iowa’s pork industry can gain certification process if they commit to one day training session and an exam. A training program is being offered by the Iowa Pork Industry Centre (IPIC) at Iowa State University (ISU).

PQA Plus™ was developed by the Pork Industry Animal Care Coalition a group comprising pork producers, packers/processors, restaurants and food retailers, dedicated itself to finding a food-industry solution that would give confidence to consumers that US. It is a continuous improvement program that merges food safety and animal well-being concepts. It includes individual certification through education, farm site assessment, and the opportunity for audit that gives customer credibility.

James McKean, pig vet and associate director of IPIC and ISU Extension is coordinating the PQA training. The course will be tutored by ISU animal science and veterinary medicine faculty members who are certified PQA Plus™ trainers.

To qualify applicants must be either a: Veterinarian, extension specialist or agricultural educator/training provider, hold a D.V.M. or B.S. in animal science (or equivalent) and two years of recent documentable swine production experience.

Those interested in the program should complete and submit a two-page application form available at http://www.ipic.iastate.edu/PQAPapp212.doc or by calling Jane Runneals at IPIC at (515) 294-4103.


The first session will be on 12 February at the Quality Inn, 2601 East 13th Street in Ames. Applications must be received by 1 February 2008, An administration charge of $75 is payable by approved applicants.

For further information go to www.pork.org/Producers/PQA/PQAPlus