PPC Linley Valley Fresh , part of the Craig Mostyn Group, now has organic certification at its Wooroloo processing facility, meaning WA pork producers can grow organic pork and have it processed for domestic and export markets.
Accreditation by the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia (NASAA), a leading organic certifier, facilitates worldwide organic market access.
NASAA is nationally accredited and audited under the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service Organic and Biodynamic program.
PPC General Manager, Ron Penn said PPC had a timely, pro-active response to demand growth in the organic pork market, both in Australia and overseas, particularly in Singapore.
Penn and PPC Agribusiness Manager, Lui Rinaldi recently returned from Singapore, where PPC confirmed its ranking as Australia’s number one supplier, by volume and quality, of fresh pork.
PPC Technical Manager, Julia Zubko said that because PPC’s plant was already modern, there were few requirements to satisfy in gaining organic certification.
Organic pigs will be processed first in the morning and carcases will be stored in a separate, clearly identified area in chillers and will be clearly identified by branding.
According to Zubko, PPC is currently designing an organic NASAA stamp.
“As with non-organic pigs, processing at Wooroloo is carried out quickly and without stress and pigs are given rest, shelter and water after unloading,” she said.
Producers supplying organic pigs to PPC also have some responsibilities: They must feed only organic feed to their stock must provide clean shelter and shade against the elements and must house or run pigs at minimum on ground densities.
PPC Linley Valley at Wooroloo processes 98% of the pork produced in WA and this year has invested more than $4m upgrading its boning room.