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Quality assurance sessions set for pork producers

By Staff | Jun 2, 2013

CLIVE – The Iowa Pork Producers Association is partnering with the Iowa Pork Industry Center and Iowa State University Extension 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 June 5 and June 6. All sessions will be hosted in room A-2 of the Varied Industries Building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Other sessions will be held during the summer.

Interested individuals should pre-register by contacting IPPA at (515) 225-7675.

The June 5 PQA Plus session will be from 9:15 a.m. to noon and the TQA session will be from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The June 6 PQA Plus session will be from 9:15 a.m. to noon.

Additionally, PQA Plus and TQA training sessions will be offered in two IPPA districts within the Farm News’ coverage area. Both PQA Plus events will be from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and the TQA events will run from 3:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. The locations and dates are:

A. District 1: July 17 at Northwest Iowa Community College, Building A, Room 116/119, in Sheldon.

B. District 2: Aug. 20 at the Humboldt County Extension office, 727 Sumner Ave., Humboldt.

All sessions are sponsored by IPPA and the Pork Checkoff. Producers are encouraged to pre-register to allow adequate space and materials.

To pre-register or for more information, contact IPPA at (515) 225-7675.

PQA Plus and TQA are part of the industry-aligned We Care responsible pork initiative, which establishes ethical principles for pork producers to produce safe food, protect and promote animal well-being, protect public health, safeguard natural resources, provide a safe work environment and contribute 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.”

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