BMPA launches updated Pork Scheme in the UK

29 April 2015  •  Author(s): Victoria White

Following a major review of its pork and pork products quality standards, the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) is launching its updated Pork Scheme on 1 May 2015.


The BMPA owns and manages quality standards under an umbrella scheme, the ‘BMPA Pork Scheme’, covering fresh pork and a range of pork products, including pork sausage, bacon, ham and cooked pork. These standards are managed through announced and unannounced audits carried out by independent UKAS-accredited bodies. Products manufactured to the BMPA standards carry the Red Tractor logo.

Over several months, the BMPA carried out a comprehensive review and updating of the standards in order to ensure that they meet the changing needs of consumers, retailers and manufacturers, to simplify the schemes, to improve audit arrangements and to extend their scope to cover external cold stores, and to strengthen the provisions with regard to provenance and traceability by requiring scheme participants to demonstrate an understanding of their supply chains and to have a schedule of traceability audits, as well as carry out a quarterly mass balance exercise.

The updated Scheme also includes a requirement for the use of CCTV in all areas bearing on animal welfare, as well requirements for adequate facilities for washing and disinfecting hauliers’ vehicles.

Product quality is integral to the BMPA Pork Scheme

Stephen Rossides, BMPA Director, said: “The review of the BMPA standards was the most comprehensive and thorough we have ever carried out, and brings the standards up to date to reflect the expectations of customers, retailers and scheme participants alike. Product quality is integral to the BMPA Pork Scheme and remains a cornerstone.

“The review has also resulted in stronger animal welfare and biosecurity provisions, as well as robust audit and traceability requirements that reflect food fraud concerns and which respond to recommendations in the Elliott Review into the Integrity and Assurance of Food Supply Networks.

“I am immensely proud of what the review group has achieved through this comprehensive exercise, and I commend the BMPA Pork Scheme to customers, retailers, manufacturers and consumers.”

One response to “BMPA launches updated Pork Scheme in the UK”

  1. I read with interest the efforts the BMPA have made to improve the quality, traceability and hygiene standards within the pork industry. Surprisingly I never see any methods mentioned within the articles regarding on site systems which will reduce the potential of bacterial contamination whilst the pork carcases are in storage or throughout the cold chain. There are one or two technologies available that will extend the shelf life of the product. The slime associated with pork products in storage has an effect on shelf life. The slime is a bacteria the development of which can be eliminated resulting in up to 7 extra days storage and therefore processing time. If you would like to know more about these technologies please visit our website or call me.
    David Whittingham: Advanced Air Hygiene Ltd

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