What is Veal Quality Assurance?
Veal Quality Assurance (VQA) is a program of science-based best practices and standards developed by farmers and animal care experts to ensure that veal calves receive quality care through every stage of life and are raised using production standards that result in a safe, wholesome, quality product that meets regulatory and customer expectations. Specifically, VQA is designed to address all aspects of animal care and on-farm practices that will enhance veal calf quality.
History of the Veal Quality Assurance Program:
The VQA program, originally created in 1990, certifies that veal farmers are highly dedicated to improving the quality of veal, thus assuring customers and consumers of the reputation and reliability of the American veal supply.
By voluntarily adopting the methods outlined in the VQA, veal farmers have increased the health and well-being of animals under their care while producing the high quality, humanely raised and safe meat expected by veal consumers.
In 1995 and again in 2004, the industry revised the VQA program, building on the original initiative by adding additional veterinarian oversight. They adopted the Ethical Standards and Code of Conduct for the U.S. veal industry in 2010. The current version was updated by the VQA Review Committee in 2014.
OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES
Ethical Standards and Code of Conduct for the U.S. Veal Industry
The U.S. veal industry recognizes that consumers and customers expect us to produce food in a responsible manner – consistent with their values. To foster more confidence in our practices and promote a better understanding of our guiding principles, we affirm the following ethical standards and code of conduct for those involved in the U.S. veal industry. Click Here to learn more about our statement of principles.