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APIQ Management advise that 'Boar Taint Vaccine' may now be used by producers that are CSC certified.  This amendment has been reviewed and approved by the APL Board and takes effect as of 16 January 2017.  It will be published initially as an amendment to APIQalt®  Standards Version 4.1 10/2015 and will be incorporated in Version 4.2 1/2017.

The amendments to 'CSC 1.3 Antibiotics, Growth Promotants and Hormone Use' will be:


Pigs are not given Growth Promotants, Hormones and/or antibiotics unless prescribed by a veterinarian.                                           

Performance Indicators:

A. The following products are not used:

  • Hormone Growth Promotants.

  • Porcine Somatotropin.

  • Ractopamine.

  • Boar Taint Vaccine
  • Antibiotics that suppress subclinical disease, unless prescribed by a veterinarian, with a copy of the prescription kept on file at the piggery.


Following a recent internal review, Coles has taken the decision to amend this requirement and APL supports the change as a positive animal welfare outcome and improvment to the CSC Standards and Performance Indicators. 

Producers are encouraged to determine if, where and how boar taint vaccine fits into your operation in consultation with your animal health advisors and, if used, to amend your Standard Operating Procedures, Work Instructions and systems to ensure they're up to date, followed and ready for audit.