All Eskort domestic pork suppliers are Pork 360 certified.
Pork 360 is an advanced industry quality assurance and traceability programme that is the envy of producers in the fresh food industry.
Health: The health status of the South African pig industry is of vital importance to the survival of the industry and its role players at large. For this reason, the pig industry has realised the importance of strict biosecurity on farms as a fundamental departure point towards a respectable health status in their industry.
Biosecurity: SAPPO and pig veterinarians have put much effort into an educational drive to ensure that all piggeries comply with a number of minimum biosecurity measures. However, the message is clear: producers not adhering to minimum biosecurity will in future probably not be compensated.
Consumers: Modern consumers want products that are: affordable and acceptable, of high quality, healthy, welfare friendly, emotionally acceptable, convenient and safe.
Retailers: Retailers are embracing consumerism and corporate social responsibility by offering a wide range of quality assured products that are produced according to standards ranging inter alia from: good agricultural practices (GAP), good manufacturing practices (GMP), to HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points), traceability, organically produced, welfare and environmentally friendly.
SAPPO: In conjunction with key players in the pig industry (producers, abattoirs, processors, retailers and pig veterinarians), the South African Pork Producers Organisation (SAPPO) has taken biosecurity and consumerism into consideration and developed quality assurance and traceability standards for the South African Pig Industry. The quality assurance scheme for the pork industry is known as Pork 360.
Accreditation: Pork 360 has been internationally accredited through ISC certification. No producer can implement and / or partake in the system without compliance to at least the following: Employ or having an accredited veterinary consultant who, in turn, regularly visits, advises, and evaluates the farm and production processes. Having developed in-house Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as specified in the Pork 360 standards. Comply with the Pork 360 standards, verified by an independent auditing process.
The production standards among others addresses:
Feeding and feed quality
Housing management and welfare
Sanitary and hygiene requirements
Medication and vaccine management and usage
Manure and water effluent