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Quality Assurance sessions set for Iowa pork producers

Published: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 12:35 p.m. CDT

(CLIVE — The Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) is partnering with the Iowa Pork Industry Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to offer free Pork Quality Assurance Plus and Transport Quality Assurance programs for Iowa pork producers.

Special quality assurance training sessions will be hosted at the 2013 World Pork Expo on Wednesday, June 5,and Thursday, June 6.

All sessions will be hosted in room A-2 of the Varied Industries Building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Interested individuals should pre-register by contacting IPPA at (515) 225-7675 or lclemenson@iowapork.org.

Additionally, Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA Plus) and Transport Quality Assurance (TQA) training sessions will be offered in each of the eight IPPA districts throughout the summer.

All district locations offer TQA from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and PQA Plus from 3:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. All sessions are sponsored by IPPA and the Pork Checkoff. Producers are encouraged to pre-register to allow adequate space and materials.

PQA Plus and TQA are part of the industry-aligned We Care responsible pork initiative, which establishes ethical principles for pork producers.

This ensures the producing of safe food, protecting and promoting of animal well-being, protecting public health, safeguarding of natural resources, providing of a safe work environment and contributing to a better quality of life in their communities.

“Pork producers continue to demonstrate their commitment to their animals and customers through their participation in quality assurance training and the We Care responsible pork initiative,” said IPPA President Greg Lear. “We take these commitments very seriously as we focus on continuous improvement to deliver the safest food in the world.”

For more information, contact IPPA at (515) 225-7675 or email lclemenson@iowapork.org.