Food Safety

Dutch businesses have distinguished themselves internationally by providing guarantees that their pork meets all the relevant food safety requirements. This is supported by checks performed by inspectors from Dutch government agencies and various quality control organisations. 

Quality control in pork production is based on hygiene, research and expertise. Quality control systems based on Dutch and European law make production chains transparent and verifiable. This puts the Netherlands amongst the world leaders.

The Netherlands has strict rules for keeping pigs and for pork production. Pig farmers clean and disinfect their premises and ensure good feed storage. To help prevent animal diseases, businesses are sealed off — visitors must first shower and change into special clothing.

Meat companies work according to equally strict hygiene rules. Employees wear special clothing, may not wear jewellery and must wash their hands regularly. Companies check this themselves, but so do the Dutch authorities (NVWA).

The sector has its own quality control systems. For years now, Integrated Chain Management (IKB) has operated internationally as a good example of careful and controlled production for both the responsible raising of pigs and for their processing into safe pork.

Domestic and foreign customers often impose (extra) requirements on the production process and require guarantees. Supermarkets have a system for some or all of their products, called Global Gap. This offers guarantees for the whole production chain. The IKB system, which covers practically all Dutch pigs, conforms to this.