The Pork 360 Quality Assurance certification is a guarantee to both the consumer and retailing sector that the producer has a consistent production process that complies with minimum standards and ensures high-quality pork. The Pork 360 projects takes place under the auspices of the national body, SAPPO (South African Pork Producers Association).
Producers who participate enter into a contract with SAPPO. In accordance with the Pork 360 Quality Assurance they must have an accredited veterinary consultant who frequently visits, advises and evaluates the farm and the production processes. They must develop an in-house Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) document, complying with the QA standards. Participating producers are audited annually by an independent auditor to ensure minimum prescribed standards are being adhered to, such as access, pest, medication and feed control, effluent, transport housing etc. The main purpose of the Pork 360 scheme is MEAT SAFETY, MEAT QUALITY, TRACEABILITY and ANIMAL WELFARE.