Food Safety Starts on the Farm

July 07, 2016

Food Safety Starts on the Farm

How safe is the food you eat?

Actually, don’t answer that. Too broad of a question. Instead, rank these food categories in terms of perceived safety:
  • Dairy
  • Fresh Produce
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Fish
  • Pork
  • Poultry
  • Beef

Kind of tough, isn’t it? Bringing safe food to the plates of Americans — and people across the globe for that matter — requires an “all hands on deck” approach. Farmers, food manufacturers, food transporters, grocers, restaurants, and consumers are all part of the process to deliver safe food to tables across the U.S.

Pig farmers are committed to produce the safest, healthiest food possible. We go above and beyond every day to ensure the pork that leaves our farms is the very best, down to the last chop.

How do we do this?

  1. We use management practices consistent with producing safe food. This starts with me and the standards and protocols I implement for my team. There are 25 proud, hard-working employees here at Borgic Farms, and not one of them can succeed if I don’t give them the proper training and resources needed to perform their job correctly. I require all farm employees complete the Pork Quality Assurance® Plus (PQA Plus®) program. This is a comprehensive food safety and animal well-being program that gives employees the proper resources and knowledge to improve farm practices.
  2. We manage the health of the herd to produce safe food. Diseases can find their way onto any farm in many ways — through contact with people or other animals, airborne germs and so on. Biosecurity measures are a key line of defense on pig farms. This can include limiting the number of visitors who enter the facility (and supplying outer clothing to those who do) and requiring employees to shower before entering the animal areas (which is how we do things on Borgic Farms). Shower in, shower out!
  3. We manage technology to produce safe food. When people ask me why we raise our pigs indoors at Borgic Farms, the answer is simple — for animal health and food safety. Housing pigs indoors keeps out predators, parasites, vermin and also reduces the chance of feed and water becoming contaminated.
Basically, everything we do at Borgic Farms is designed to ensure the health and safety of our animalsso we can bring safe, nutritious and delicious pork to your plate. There are many variables in the food business. Some we can control, others we cannot. But you can bet your bottom dollar that real pig farmers are doing their part and doing it right.

Originally posted on Real Pig Farming.

Phil Borgic

Phil Borgic Pig Farmer from Nokomis, IL

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