The production and marketing of safe, wholesome pork, bacon, ham and other pork products is of paramount importance to British farmers, processors, retailers, food service companies and those that supply them. It is not possible to guarantee the complete absence of bacteria in meat production. Most bacteria found on meat are harmless, but some can cause foodborne disease. Control processes to reduce or eliminate food safety risks are applied to every stage of the production and marketing chain from the farm to the consumer.
Key approaches to reducing the risk of foodborne disease include: reduction of zoonotic pathogens in slaughter pigs; prevention of cross contamination during activities such as transport and slaughter; safe processing of foods underpinned by HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point); safe handling and preparation of food in the retail and catering sectors, including the adoption of HACCP principles and effective enforcement; safe handling and preparation of food in the home and enhanced surveillance of foodborne disease to monitor effectiveness of controls.