This site is an informational resource about boar taint, or "boar odor." It defines what it is, why it is important to continue to control and explores past and emerging solutions producers use to control boar taint to keep high quality pork available across the globe.
Boar taint refers to the offensive odor or taste that is often evident during the cooking or eating of pork or pork products derived from non-castrated male pigs once they reach puberty. Controlling boar taint is a priority for pig producers because it diminishes eating quality of the meat, making it unacceptable to many consumers. The traditional agricultural practice to control boar taint is physical castration of male piglets at a very early age.
Today, other alternatives have emerged for producers in their efforts to produce high quality pork that continues to be free of boar taint. Vaccination against boar taint is a viable solution available to control boar taint in male pigs.