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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

CPE: Canadian Pork Excellence


The Canadian Pork Excellence (CPE) program is the new national platform that will be replacing the Canadian Quality Assurance® (CQA) program over the next three years. The CPE program allows registered pork producers to demonstrate compliance with food safety, animal care, and traceability requirements.  

The Canadian Pork Excellence platform includes three on-farm programs:

  • PigSAFE - food safety and biosecurity component of CPE. Based on the same Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) model used in the CQA program. 
  • PigCARE - animal care component of CPE. It is the revised Animal Care Assessment™ (ACA) program. It reflects the requirements from the 2014 Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs. 
  • PigTRACE - traceability component of CPE. PigTRACE improves emergency management and mitigates risks. PigTRACE is required under Canadian legislation

CPE Resources


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Animal Care Assessment (ACA)


Canadian hog farmers are dedicated to the highest quality standards. Through the national CQA/ACA programs, registered producers demonstrate their compliance with national standards for food safety and animal care.

This is an on-farm internationally recognized Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) program that requires farmers to have periodic audits on their operations. These cover everything from feed, housing, and the use of medication.

The CQA is the on-farm food safety program for Canadian hog producers and the ACA provides a step-by-step guide for producers to complete a welfare assessment for their farms that can then be used to monitor, manage and document animal husbandry practices.

Copies of the ACA Producer Manual can be obtained from Ontario Pork or from the ACA website.