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).
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:
For more information and the manual visit Canada Pork Council's CPE resource page
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