Veal Quality Assurance Program
A multi-level education program, the Veal Quality Assurance (VQA) certification program was developed in cooperation with veterinarians, scientists and animal experts. The program is based on the highest standards and best practices of animal management and food production today.
To become a certified veal producer, veal farmers pledge to adhere to 17 quality production guidelines. A key part of the certification process is for a farmer to establish an ongoing relationship with a licensed veterinarian. In addition, farmers must develop a farm plan and self-assessment, attend continuing education programs, maintain extensive inventory and animal health records and raise calves according to humane and ethical animal management practices. Download this educational brochure to learn more about the VQA program.
Commitment to Quality
Assuring high-quality products does not stop with veal farmers. VQA certification also extends to service representatives, which includes anyone who provides technical assistance in the raising and marketing of veal calves, as well as suppliers, who provide farmers with items such as feed, nutritional supplements and animal health care products. VQA-certified farmers agree to use only supplies manufactured and distributed by certified suppliers.
By requiring farmers, service representatives and suppliers to agree to the same quality assurance guidelines, the program creates consistency in practices and management across the sector. All parties must go through a recertification process every two years.
From Farm to Table
Veal farmers are committed to delivering safe, wholesome, high-quality products to the tables of consumers. While VQA is a voluntary program, the majority of American veal farmers and processors have adopted the guidelines. In fact, many processors and distributors of veal products now require farmers, suppliers and service representatives to be certified, ensuring quality from farm to table.
Veal calves are inspected twice before processing by the USDA. Federally-inspected meat plants are subject to the Humane Slaughter Act, which is enforced by USDA inspectors who are in meat packing plants during every minute of operation. If tests produce any questionable results, then the meat never reaches the food supply.
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