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11.4 Freezing pork raw material

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Bacon & Gammon / Cold store and vehicle operating procedures

11.4.1 Pork raw material shall be labelled with a date of kill and it shall not exceed kill + 4 days at point of freezing.

11.4.2 The pork raw material and bacon shall be in good condition at the time of freezing and shall be effectively packaged to prevent contamination and degradation of quality. 

11.4.3 Pork raw material and bacon to be frozen shall be placed into a freezer immediately following receipt.

11.4.4 Frozen pork and bacon shall be labelled with the date of freezing and a durability date that does not exceed 12 months.

11.4.5 Where frozen product is to be defrosted (tempered), it shall be carried out to a documented and validated procedure in line with the Charter participant’s processing specification.

11.4.6 Stock control and defrost records shall be maintained.


The integrity of the packaging shall be appropriate for the product. The site may have procedures in place for the control of stock and this shall be supported by stock control checks.


Visual inspection of storage area to verify integrity of packaging. Verification of product labelling in storage. Review documented protocol for tempering process. Examples of stock control and temperature control records since the last audit.