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THE CODE OF PRACTICE

FOR THE LABELLING OF

PORK AND PORK PRODUCTS

PIG PRODUCTION TERMS cont…

3.6

Label imagery that features outdoor pig farming scenes

will only be used on

Free Range

,

Outdoor Bred

,

Outdoor

Reared

or Outdoor products.

3.7

For a full and detailed description of the requirements

of the Code of Practice please see

Production System

Definitions Minimum Requirements

.

4. BREED NAMES

4.1

Where a specific breed name is used without qualification

(for example Hampshire pork) this comes from pigs

resulting from the mating of a pedigree boar and sow of

the same named breed.

4.2

Where pork and pork products come from the mating

of animals of different breeds (i.e. a pedigree Berkshire

boar with a commercial hybrid sow) reference to the

parentage will be provided on the label. The following

types of statements (using bacon as an example)

could be used:

A.

Berkshire Cross Breed Bacon

B.

Cross Breed Berkshire Bacon

C.

Produced from Pigs Sired by Pedigree Berkshire Boars

D.

Produced from Pigs Bred from Pedigree Berkshire Sires

E.

Produced from Pigs Bred from Pedigree Berkshire Boars

4.3

While all these descriptions can be used Statements A

and B are considered to be the true names of the food for

these products. Statements C, D and E are likely to be

statements accompanying and expanding upon the true

name.

4.4

The type font and size used on packaging will not give

an undue prominence to the breed over the actual cross

breed status of the meat.

4.5

Any reference to a specific breed should refer to an

animal registered by an officially recognised registration

authority licensed within the EU, for example the British

Pig Association

(www.britishpigs.org.uk

).

4.6

If the produce is not from two pedigree registered

animals of the same breed, any photographs or

illustrations shown on labels, point of sale materials,

advertisements or supporting literature should be clearly

linked with the true name statement (i.e. captioned with

the words in paragraph 4.2 [A or B] above). Such captions

should be sufficiently prominent and clear to avoid the

consumer being misled (i.e. in the same weight and

size of font as any other reference to the breed on the

packaging).

4.7

Any trade mark applied to the products should not be

capable of being confused with the actual breed/cross

breed of the product.

Breeding sows are kept outside, in fields for their

productive life. They are provided with food, water and

shelter with generous minimum space allowances.

Outdoor Bred

3.2

These pigs are born outside, in fields where they are

kept until weaning. Breeding sows are kept outside in

fields for their productive lives. Where soil types and

climate are a constraint, producers can apply for a

derogation to keep gestating sows in barns, in groups on

deep straw bedding for a maximum of seven weeks at

the start of each production cycle. The pigs are provided

with food, water and shelter with generous minimum

space allowances. Pork and pork products labelled as

Outdoor Bred

will also contain a statement about how

the pigs are subsequently farmed. Where possible

this will be in the same field of vision on the label as

Outdoor Bred

. Retailers and foodservice businesses are

encouraged to make further information available about

the method of finishing to consumers through literature

or websites.

Example

Outdoor Bred

…..and housed in straw barns”

Outdoor Reared

3.3

These pigs are born outside in fields, where they are

reared for approximately half their life (defined as at

least 30kg). Breeding sows are kept outside in fields for

their productive lives. They are provided with food, water

and shelter and generous minimum space allowances.

Pork and pork products labelled as

Outdoor Reared

will also contain a statement about the way the pigs

are subsequently farmed. Where possible this will be in

the same field of vision on the label as

Outdoor Reared

.

Retailers and foodservice businesses are encouraged to

make further information available about the method of

finishing to consumers through literature or websites.

Example

Outdoor Reared

……..and housed in straw barns”

3.4

The term

Outdoor

used on its own will mean that the

pork and pork products come from

Outdoor Reared

pigs

that are kept outside, in fields until they are sent for

processing. Minimum space allowances are generous

although these are lower than for

Free Range

pigs.

3.5

In all cases it is allowed to house pigs for a very

limited period of time in case of veterinary treatment,

emergency and when directed or advised to do so by

the relevant authorities (for example during an exotic

disease outbreak).