Friday, April 26, 2019


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
    of Pigs. 
  • 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


Canadian Quality Assurance (CQA) /

Animal Care Assessment (ACA)

Canadian hog farmers are dedicated to the highest quality standards. Through the national CQA/ACA programs, registered producers demonstrate their compliance with national standards for food safety and animal care.

This is an on-farm internationally recognized Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) program that requires farmers to have periodic audits on their operations. These cover everything from feed, housing, and the use of medication.

The CQA is the on-farm food safety program for Canadian hog producers and the ACA provides a step-by-step guide for producers to complete a welfare assessment for their farms that can then be used to monitor, manage and document animal husbandry practices.

Copies of the ACA Producer Manual can be obtained from Ontario Pork or from the ACA website.



Declaration by Producer or CQA Manager on the use of bovine meat and bone meal - Annex 14