|Canadian Pork Excellence (CPE)
The Canadian Quality Assurance (CQA) program was launched in 1998 and is continuously updated to meet the pork
markets’ requirements. The CQA program has been reviewed, restructured, given a new look and a new name. The new
name of the on-farm programs platform is Canadian Pork Excellence (CPE). Over the next 3 years, Canadian pork producers will be transitioned to this updated program
The Canadian Pork Excellence (CPE) is a national platform that allows registered pork producers to demonstrate compliance
with food safety, animal care, and traceability requirements. The CPE registration also allows pork producers to ship their
hogs to federal abattoirs.
The Canadian Pork Excellence platform has three components:
- PigSAFE is the food safety and biosecurity component of CPE. It contains the same food safety components that
were in the CQA program, which are based on the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) Model
recognized internationally. PigSAFE modules are required components of the CPE platform. The Biosecurity module
is based on the National Biosecurity Standard developed by the Canadian Swine Health Board in 2011 and is a highly
recommended component of the CPE platform.PigCARE is the animal care component of CPE. It is based on the 2014 Code of Practice for the Care and Handling
- The PigCARE program is a required component of the CPE Program.
- PigTRACE is the traceability component of CPE. PigTRACE improves emergency management and mitigates risks. In the
event of a food safety issue or foreign animal disease outbreak in the pork sector, traceability gives animal health officials
the tools to quickly and effectively contain and deal with the situation. PigTRACE is required under Canadian legislation.
For more information and the manual visit Canada Pork Council's CPE resource page