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7.4 Freezing pork raw material

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Quality Assured Pork / Cold store and vehicle operating procedures

7.4.1 Pork raw material shall not exceed kill+4 days at point of freezing. 

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

7.4.3 Pork raw material to be frozen shall be placed into a freezer immediately following receipt. Also see clause 3.3.3.

7.4.4 Frozen pork shall be labelled with a date of kill, date of freezing, and a durability date (best before code) and shall not be stored for longer than 24 months.

7.4.5 Frozen pork shall be stored at -18°C or colder.

7.4.6 Where frozen product is to be defrosted (tempered), this shall be in line with the charter participant’s specification. The tempering process shall be to a documented and validated procedure in line with the charter participant’s processing specification.

7.4.7 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. 


Examples of stock control checks since the last audit. Verification of the process for the movement and stock control of product on site.