Today’s food is safer than it ever has been. This is in large part thanks to the Canadian Quality Assurance Program (CQA®). CQA® is an on-farm program that applies to all federal plants in supporting the production of healthy, wholesome pork.
The CQA® program was created to assure customers that Canadian pork producers are following standards of production that promote a safe and wholesome product. With CQA® Canada’s pork industry can maintain and enhance competitiveness with international markets.
The Canadian Pork Council owns and is responsible for the development of the program, with the help of its CQA® Advisory Committee and CQA® Technical Working Group. Meanwhile, provincial organizations like Alberta Pork are responsible for program delivery and administration, as well as for validator training. Producers are responsible for the implementation and upkeep of the program for their farm.