100% Pure Berkshire Pork® Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

The goal of the 100% Pure Berkshire Pork® Program is to assure consumers a quality dining experience. To accomplish this, the ABA has developed a certification program to ensure that all pork sold under the 100% Pure Berkshire Pork® label has been produced from pigs that are offspring of purebred, pedigreed Berkshire sires and dams.

If you are interested in being in the 100% Program contact the ABA office!

 

As part of a continuing effort to improve meat quality, participants in the 100% Pure Berkshire Pork® Program are required to test all Berkshire boars used as sires to ensure they have only non-mutant HAL 1843* and non-mutant Rendement Napole genes.

Participating members, directors, officers and staff of the ABA and BMP adhere to the following policies of the 100% Pure Berkshire Pork® Program:

  • Berkshire pork from animals whose parents are purebred, pedigreed Berkshires as specified in the American Berkshire Association's breed criteria
  • Traceable to source farms

 

Management of the Program

The ABA Board of Directors and the BMP Board of Directors oversees the 100% Program.

Berkshire Meat Products, LLC (BMP), is a wholly owned subsidiary of the ABA. As a limited liability company, the BMP's purpose is to provide marketing support for Berkshire pork producers and their customers. The BMP contracts with third parties for marketing and sales services.

 

Producers

  • All Berkshire sires are DNA tested and found to be free of the mutant HAL 1843* and mutant Rendement Napole genes.

 

  • All breeding animals and market hogs are ear-notched for identification according to the ABA-approved notching chart. We strongly encourage ear tagging of breeding stock as a secondary identification method.

 

  • 100% of the producers, suppliers and packers receive regular evaluations that verify all products originate from offspring from breeding stock that meet the criteria established by the American Berkshire Association.

 

  • All participating producers receive regular training on the most current policies of the 100% Pure Berkshire Pork® Program.

 

  • Any animal that is disqualified from the 100% Pure Berkshire Pork® Program is identified and sold outside the 100% Pure Berkshire Pork® Program, with records retained that demonstrate final disposition.

 

Packers

Licensed packers must agree to:

  •  segregate qualifying hogs and the pork they produce from non-qualifying animals and pork.

 

  • follow requirements for use of certification marks, labels and marketing materials associated with the 100% Pure Berkshire Pork® Program.

 

  • All participating licensed packers receive regular training on the most current policies of the 100% Pure Berkshire Pork® Program.

 

  • Licensed processors, distributors, food service suppliers and retail outlets agree to follow guidelines for use of labels and marketing materials associated with the 100% Pure Berkshire Pork® Program.

 

 

 

 

 Certified Packers

 

Innovative Foods, LLC

Dave and Tami Ellicott

4320 Industrial Parkway | Evans, CO 80620

970-330-8400

Innovativefoodsco.com

 

 

SIG International, Iowa

Troy Enger

826 Main St | Boyden, IA 51234

712-725-2172

sig@sigiowa.com | www.sigiowa.com

 

 

Kurobuta Berkshire, LLC

51600 295th St | Austin, MN 55912

kurobutameats@aol.com | www.kurobutameats.com

 

 

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