Statement of 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:


Food Safety:

Producing safe and nutritious food is our first responsibility

Veal Producers are expected to:

  •  Adopt on-farm management practices consistent with producing safe food.

  • Adopt animal care practices consistent with producing safe food.

  • Use animal health products judiciously.

  • Continually review practices for improvements that protect food safety.


animal care:

We have an ethical obligation to provide appropriate care for our animals at every stage of life

Veal Producers are expected to:

  • Safeguard and promote the health and well-being of animals in their care.

  • Provide appropriate water, food, shelter, handling and transportation at all times.

  • Respect the special considerations and needs of young calves.

  • Provide appropriate veterinary care at all stages of life, and when necessary, timely euthanasia.


Environment:

We have an obligation to protect the air, land and water on which we all depend

Veal Producers are expected to:

  • Conserve and manage manure and other nutrients as a resource.

  • Assure that production and other management practices protect our natural resources, including land, air and water.

  • Continually review environmental management activities for improvement and sustainability.


Employees:

We have an ethical responsibility to provide a safe, healthy and rewarding work environment for our employees

Veal Producers are expected to:

  • Treat every employee with dignity and respect.

  • Provide proper education and training in all areas of farm management and animal care.

  • Promote a safe and healthy work environment.

  • Promote understanding of and adherence to veal industry ethical principles.


Community:

We have a duty to promote a quality way of life in the communities where we live and work

Veal Producers are expected to:

  • Actively participate in activities that strengthen the community.

  • Engage neighbors and the community in an open and honest manner.

  • Resolve to listen to and address reasonable community concerns.

  • Seek to leave the community and natural resources in a better condition for future generations.


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