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.
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.
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.