The aim of this programme is to assess the labelling of products, meat and meat derivatives (meat pieces) that contain the reference "Duroc" indicating the breed percentage of the product with the same size and type of letter on its labelling. To do this, the animals and/or genetic material used to make products that can be labelled as Duroc are taken into account. In order to be able to use the Duroc reference, at least one of the parents of the animal used in a product must be a Duroc pure breed, as registered in an officially recognised herd-book.
If an animal's heritage is not 100% Duroc, as only one of the parents is registered in an officially recognised herd-book, the accepted designation on the label will be 50% Duroc.
All companies participating in the PAED programme that use the Duroc reference on their labels must also use livestock, slaughterhouses, cutting plants, cold stores and other intermediary meat companies that are part of the programme.
The meat or meat products covered by this programme must come from animals from farms that are part of the programme.
Labels are important, and the information they contain must be correct so that consumers continue to trust the meat and meat derivatives that are on the market today.
The purpose of developing and operating this voluntary PAED programme is to ensure that products are monitored by an external organisation, which in turn ensures that the meat and meat derivatives featuring the Duroc reference comply with current labelling legislation and the requirements of this programme.
PAED is owned by:
AENOR is currently a certification body authorised by the PAED Programme to assess pig farming businesses under this programme
AENOR Animal Welfare Certification based on
Welfare Quality®, certification of
Antibiotic-free Meat Production, certification of the management system governing the prudent use of antibiotics, private certification specifications, certification scheme for
Animal Welfare and INTERPORC Biosafety, among others.