PRODUCTION OF ANIMAL FEED
The animal feed is made by the animal feed producers certified by OPAS, by using raw materials coming from qualified and long-time suppliers, checked according to a well-defined company plan made official by suitable procedures. Each animal feed is described by using several tags present at the company and audited during the audits by the supply chain supervisor.
All the breeding farms that are part of OPAS Controlled Production Chain must satisfy, firstly, all the requirements of technical-sanitary aspects established in the legislation in force. The breeding farms shall be in possession of all the authorizations or licenses set out by the legislation in force. Therefore, pigs are reared in companies provided with facilities, equipment and organizations suitable for guaranteeing the healthy welfare, balanced growth and production processes.
As regards the genetics aspect, all those breeds that come from selection or cross-breeding schemes are permitted, which are implemented with purposes compatible to those of the Italian Genealogical Book for the production of large pigs, permitted by the Consortium of Parma and S. Daniele ham Production.
The livestock assigned to OPAS’s controlled production chain comes from breeding farms accredited as per the Specification of Parma and San Daniele ham. Therefore, the pig feed shall comply with what is required by the above mentioned Specifications. The animals are fed with products of known origin and checked in all the phases, from the arrival at the feed producing company to animal consumption.
All the breeding farms shall comply with the legislation in force. The farmers commit themselves to breed, receive and keep the animals at rest in facilities, to use equipment and organization suitable for guaranteeing the respect of animal welfare. The facilities and the equipment of the breeding farms are strictly cleaned and disinfected for guaranteeing the correct conditions of welfare to the animal, in order not to cause unnecessary pains, suffering or injuries.
All the pharmaceutical treatments permitted are recorded on a specific form that is included in a loading/unloading register of the medicines present at the company as established by the sanitary laws in force. As regards to the therapy and the prophylaxis of the animals, only the supplements and medicines recorded and permitted for pigs can be used, making sure to respect the withdrawal time established before the slaughtering.
The staff members of the concerned organization, who may influence OPAS’s traceability system, are properly trained, made aware and involved in order to ensure a correct implementation of the very same supply chain. Staff members are aware of the importance of their function and of the consequences of their own behaviour.
On arrival, the livestock of the controlled production chain shall be issued with the following documents: