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Fat separation is less of a problem where the joint is sold as lean alone, as would be the case for pig loins comprising solely the longissimus dorsi muscle. Pig Meat and Carcass Quality Fig. 6 Inﬂuence of fat thickness upon fat quality: curve (a) relates to pigs fed diets especially high in unsaturated fatty acids, such as linoleic, while (b) relates to pigs fed diets especially low in unsaturated fatty acids. 19 Fig. 7 As fat depth reduces, the tendency for fat to split increases. Fig. 8 Position of intrascope probe measurements P1 (45 mm), P2 (65 mm) and P3 (80 mm) from the mid-line taken at the last rib.
ELISA tests of meat juices at the slaughterhouse suggest that 15–25% of European pigs have been challenged with Salmonella. This is not to say that they are carrying the organism, nor that they present any risk, but it is to say that some level of the organism shared the pig’s environment at some time. The pattern tends to be of many herds that are completely free, some that carry low levels and a very few that carry high levels. This means that schemes targeting herds with repeatedly high counts are likely to be successful in reducing the incidence in a national pig population as a whole.
Positive results can elicit an eradication programme targeted at the farm environment, the feed, the buildings and of course the pigs themselves. Farms repeatedly found in the highest bracket of contamination may be excluded from the quality assurance scheme. Such programmes are proving successful in reducing Salmonella on pig farms. There is presently no clear line on the point of principle as to whether FarmAssured livestock products should be the exception, deﬁning quality superior to the norm, or the rule, deﬁning the expected standard.