Organic product - addition pork
All organic production ensures that pigs are able to go outside, but their time outside could be on a concrete slab. The majority of the feed must be produced on the farm, all feed must be free from GMOs and must be grown without the use of unnatural chemical pesticides and mineral fertilisers. Contracting authorities that use sustainability criteria at the advanced level for organic products with addendum for pork contribute, to pigs being given greater opportunity to root around on grazing land/forest floors.
- Technical specification
Products of pork must meet requirements in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2018/848 of the European Parliment and of the Council on organic production and labelling of organic products, as well as the following requirements:
- Pigs must be outside for at least four consecutive months on land where they can graze and root.
- When pigs are not kept on pasture, they must have access to the outdoors as well as an indoor bedding place with deep litter.
- During the warm season, pigs must have access to a mud bath or other kind of water bath.
- Piglets may be weaned no sooner than at the age of 49 days, or 40 days when housed in groups during all-in/all-out production.
Upon request the supplier shall be ready to present, for example, one of the following:
- Certification, along with appropriate labelling, such as KRAV or other certification showing that the requirement is met.
Monitoring of compliance during the contract period can for example be done through sampling at one or several occasions of one or several products for which the criterion applies. The supplier can prove that the product(s) meet the requirement through, e.g,:
- Product labelling, such as KRAV-labelling or equivalent.
- Other documentation showing that the requirement is met.
Subject matter of contract
Products of pork with environmental and animal protection criteria
Information about the criterion
The sustainability criteria at an advanced level for organic product - addition pork implies that apart from fulfilment of the EU Regulation of organic production, further-reaching demands on animal welfare, enviornmental and climate-performance of the agriculture.
The criteria limits market availability for individual products.
Regulation (EU) 2018/848 entered into force on 1 January 2022 and replaced Regulation (EC) 834/2007.
Criteria for organic products contribute to Swedish environmental objectives of a Non-toxic environment and a Rich diversity of plant and animal life.
Production of organic pork must be done in accordance with the EU regulation on organic production, and the transitional period is at least six months. Piglets must be able to suckle until they are at least 40 days old. Milk replacer or conventional milk is only allowed to be used in exceptional cases and after veterinary recommendation as an individual emergency measure.The basic requirement for organic production is that at least 20% of the feed given to pigs over the year shall come from the same farm.
Added values in the advanced-level requirement for organic products includes further-reaching requirements with regards to spending time in the open air and a longer suckling period for piglets. Pigs that spend time grazing outdoors have more opportunities to express their natural behaviour.
The version date indicates when the sustainability criterion was created or last updated. Last reviewed dated tells when we last checked that the sustainability criterion still is relevant.
- Current ID
- Version date
2020-03-25: Changed additional requirement to increase transparency: "Pigs must be given the opportunity and means to graze and root on pasture or other land containing free-growing vegetation during most part of the day during summer season." is changed to "Pigs must be outside for at least four consecutive months on land where they can graze and root" Access to the outdoors and indoor bedding of deep litter is added.