Updating Veal Quality Assurance
A 12-member Technical Advisory Group is reviewing and updating the Veal Quality Assurance (VQA) program. The group includes four veterinarians, three veal-company representatives, two veal growers, two PhDs in animal science, and one dairy producer. The review and update of the VQA manual and training aims to deliver update-to-date and relevant, science-based Best Management Practices to those engaged in veal raising, handling and marketing. VQA ensures that milk-fed veal calves receive quality care through every stage of life and are raised using production standards that result in animal well-being and safe, wholesome, quality products that meet regulatory and customer expectations. The content review and update is set for completion this spring.