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7.8 Labelling for reception, storage & despatch

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Quality Assured Pork / Cold store and vehicle operating procedures

Each batch of pork to be used as a raw material for the manufacture of any BMPA Quality Pork Charter products shall be marked or labelled with the following as a minimum requirement on reception, storage and despatch:

  • Site identification code (health mark) – Charter participant’s site license number
  • Product description – e.g. rindless bellies
  • Weight – The number of units may also be indicated.
  • Traceability batch code – In most cases the traceability batch code is the kill date however, where a production date is used, the information shall be able to trace the product backwards to a kill date. Slaughter code may be in ‘Julian’ calendar format or the actual kill date may be shown.
  • Confirmation of assured status – The lettering BQAP may be used to confirm the products’ assured status to relate to the product within the container/box. Non-eligible material shall not be packed within the same dolav, container or box.
  • Country of birth, rearing and slaughter or statement of pigs’ origin – Where pigs are born, reared and slaughtered in one country, a single statement of origin is sufficient for the traceability declaration.
  • Date of freezing on all frozen raw material
  • Process-by or use by date – FSA guidance on “use by” and “best before” date codes.
  • Kill date


Verification of labelling or markings.