Pig Farmer Education and Certification with PQA® Plus


The education and certification program called Pork Quality Assurance® Plus (PQA® Plus) is the pork industry’s commitment to responsible pork production. Introduced in 1989, Pork Quality Assurance® (PQA®) was designed to help pig farmers and their employees use best practices to promote food safety. The program was modeled after the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) programs used by food manufacturers to ensure the safety of food products but was customized for on-farm use. PQA® has expanded and improved over the years based on scientific advancements and recommendations of technology and animal agriculture experts.

Today, the certification program covers a spectrum of topics related to food safety and animal well-being. A new version of the program will be available on June 1st.

To-date, more than 60,000 farmers and farm personnel have voluntarily embraced the program by earning PQA Plus® certification. To learn more about the program visit http://www.porkcares.org/our-practices/training-certification-for-pig-farm-workers/pig-farm-education-and-certification-with-pqa-plus/