In line with EU Regulations, and producer membership of the Pork Quality Assurance Scheme, Irish pork is completely traceable from farm-to-fork. Pigs are bred and raised in the same farm and marked with an ear tag or 'slap mark' when they leave the farm. This information is transferred to a product traceability code at the processing facility, meaning each individual cut of Irish pork can be traced from distribution to production right back to its farm of origin. A national database ensures compliance by Irish pig farmers and pork processors.
This system allows individual processing plants to be able to trace the finished product along the production & distribution chain to the farm of origin. This allows consumers to have absolute confidence in EU pigmeat products.
Ireland was also the first country in Europe to implement DNA traceability in its boar herd. This means Irish pork is fully DNA traceable.