The Junta of Andalucía and the Ministry of Agriculture have been agreed to amend the Statement of the Iberian Quality, a claim of the industry which has seen yields were reduced in recent years because of the confusion among consumers has led to the previous regulations 2007. The Andalusian proposal, which has been agreed with industry representatives, wants to simplify the current Iberian Quality Standard and to reduce the two names by race and the feed of pigs, a proposal that seeks above all to protect producers who use pasture to raise their pigs.
Andalucía wants to assert its national weight, which concentrates 20% of the Iberian Spanish census, and has negotiated with the Ministry a proposal that clearly benefits ranching community over the interests of other communities that have increased production raising their pigs to feed.
Thus, the proposal submitted by the Minister of Agriculture, arises to distinguish between Iberian when the product was obtained from pigs whose parents are pure Iberian and Iberian cross when obtained from animals with any type of crossing, but maintaining least 50% Iberian.
Production has fallen by 40% for consumer confusion.
As for feeding pigs, the Andalusian proposal also involves reducing the two denominations. The first of them, the acorn, applicable to products derived from pigs destined for slaughter immediately after harvesting of the pasture by eating acorns, and the second name, bait, for products obtained from animals whose feed supply is based on an extensive diet. Another aspect in the proposal of Andalusia refers to labeling and advertising of the Iberian products. It is proposed that this has to be illustrative and therefore specify all classifications in order, based on the quality and that each product is marked which is responsible to it.
The producers had spent years claiming the urgent amendment of current legislation. Specifically, the Andalusian Federation of Agricultural Cooperative Enterprises (Faeca) it is doing it since the publication of the standard 2001. Even then, he warned of the need to control the labeling to differentiate products from intensive and extensive livestock systems and Iberian pigs and crossed. «The post rule 2007 further complicated the situation, and the absence of effective surveillance in Andalusia have caused a decline of almost 40% in the production of Iberian pasture, in the last year,» stated from Faeca.
Andalusia concentrates 20% of the Iberian Spanish census.
Applauds Faeca therefore a new rule that protects only the Iberian pig production requiring extensive and differentiate, through labeling, if the products (ham, shoulder or loin) come from Iberian pigs or crossed, fed acorn-based or feed, so that the consumer has all the guarantees when you make your purchase. «The intention is to avoid further cooperative marketing under the image of the pasture, animal products bait (feed) reared in intensive systems, the costs of feeding and management have a big difference,» stresses from Faeca.
Nowadays Andalusia has 461,479 of Iberian pig heads, representing 20% of the Spanish census, a total of 4,900 pig farms extensively, mostly in the mountains of Cordoba, Huelva and Seville.
However, the industrial bosses Iberian Iberaice, was disappointed by the reform measures of the Quality Standard beef, ham, shoulder and loin of the Iberian pig. Industrialists say, starting off the changes announced, «this will lead one hand the disappearance of the Iberian pig bait, which represents over 80% of the sector, and with it all a productive and industrial high economic value and singular importance in large parts of several communities, as well as the disappearance of differentiation for the Iberian pure line of identity is also a part of the industry. «