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Common Swine Industry Audit

Sarah Schieck

The goal of the Common Swine Industry Audit (CSIA) is to provide consumers greater assurance of the care taken by farmers and pork processors to improve animal well-being and food safety. The audit tool builds on the existing Pork Quality Assurance Plus® (PQA Plus®) program and expands it to serve as a single, common audit platform for the pork industry and to minimize duplication of individual packers having their own audits.

Highlights of the CSIA

The CSIA covers 27 key aspects of swine care and pre-harvest pork safety through all phases of production. The CSIA covers the full life cycle of the pig while on the farm, which includes pig handling and load-out for transportation. The CSIA is designed to be independent of housing design, size or operation or geographical location. Four primary areas will be reviewed during the audit: records, animals, facilities and caretakers.

Animal benchmarking makes up 50% of the audit. During the audit, a representative sample of pigs will be observed at the farm for the following criteria:

The rest of the audit focuses on the areas of caretakers, facilities, records, transport, and food safety. To cover these areas during the audit, producers will need to show 10 required Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), records, and documentation as outlined in the CSIA.

10 required standard operating procedures

Records needed

Documentation needed

Other items needed

Audit process

Packers will ask for an audit to be done at a swine site. Audits will be completed either by packer auditors or third-party audit companies hired by the packer. All auditors are PAACO (Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization) trained in using the CSIA. The farm will be contacted by either the packer or third-party audit company to schedule the audit, inquire about biosecurity protocols and to get acquainted with the facility, number of animals and facility layout prior to visiting the site.

Additional resources

Resources including the complete CSIA instructions, standards, and audit tool, as well as SOPs and record templates can be found on the National Pork Board's website.


Contact Sarah Schieck, U of MN Swine Extension Educator, by phone (320) 235-0726 x2004 or by email

Revised 2017

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