BMPA launches Quality Pork Charter

BMPA launches Quality Pork Charter

The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has updated its Pork Scheme, which aims to provide assurance to retailers and consumers about pig welfare, food safety, integrity, provenance and traceability of the products that members produce.

According to the Association, the new Quality Pork Charter was designed to “better reflect the stringent standards that members have signed up to.”

The Quality Pork Charter covers standards in:

  • Pig welfare and slaughter
  • Quality assured pork
  • Bacon (supplies, receiving, processing and standards)
  • Ham and cooked pork (ham and cooked pork supplies and processing standards)
  • Pork sausages (sausage supplies, receiving, processing and standards)

A welcome update

The new website now houses the Scheme’s rules in a database. BMPA claims that these changes represent the most comprehensive upgrade since the scheme began.

While the technical wording and content of the rules hasn’t changed from previous versions (apart from the updates agreed at the last review), the format, numbering and, in some cases, the order of rules has been completely re-worked. BMPA affirms that the new format makes the platform more logical and intuitive for users to follow.

The new online database of standards aims to be the single point of reference for anyone looking for the latest version of the rules.

BMPA said that there will be a three month lead-in period before the new standards become live, which will happen on the 20th October 2022. It added: “This will give members time to ensure they meet the new requirements.”

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