Recent results are known from Campig boar taint research among 120 Russian and 120 Chinese female consumers. The study focused on the sensitivity to androstenone and skatole in the study population and the preference for meat from castrated and non-castrated male pigs. Between 60 and 70% of Chinese and Russian consumers were found to be sensitive to skatole. About 35% were sensitive to androstenone. Both androstenone and skatole influence the preference for a product. The impact was the greatest among Russian consumers.The investigation shows that detection in the slaughterline is necessary. No detection on boar taint leads to a greater risk of lower acceptance and appreciation of pork. For additional information: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S030917401630167X
Boars on the way is a collaboration of stakeholders from the Dutch pig sector, aiming to end castration of male pigs within the European Union. Members of the steering committee include the Dutch Pig Farmers Organisation (POV), Vion, Topigs Norsvin, the Ministry of Agriculture, and the Dutch Organisation for the Protection of Animals.