For all stages of the value chain, from agricultural production to the retail food industry, strict and verifiable production criteria are established. When it comes to the value chain of meat and meat products, we are the qualified system supplier for the system provider and institution of QS. Quality scheme for food. For the QS Qualität und Sicherheit GmbH, covering more than 90 % of the German pigmeat and poultrymeat production with its test system, we develop and maintain central database systems concerning the monitoring of salmonella and antibiotics in livestock farming. Our systems carry out all evaluations that are relevant for the monitoring. Within the quality assurance system our applications are used by over 40,000 people.
Antibiotics are important for the treatment of infectious diseases. However, every use of antibiotics can encourage the development of resistances so that medication loses its effect when given to diseased humans or animals. For that reason, it is important to ensure that antibiotics in animals – being part of the food chain – are only used when absolutely necessary.
Salmonella cause stomach and intestine diseases in humans or animals. The bacterial pathogens are offered a wide spectrum of possible infection routes. In the last years, about 100,000 reported cases in humans per year were registered in the European Union. Thus, with salmonella polluted food is a danger to be excluded as possible.
Information for the health evaluation of the herds of origin can be obtained with the registration of relevant changes in organs and carcases of all slaughter pigs at the slaughterhouse. With the organ reports at the slaughter line during slaughter, incidences as measure of animal health can be determined. Based on the interpretation of results, targeted measures to improve animal health, animal performance and animal welfare can be taken.