BQA program urges producers to record, check, go
At your local auction market, you may see posters and displays for the new Beef Quality Assurance residue avoidance campaign, "Control residues. Every animal, every time." The communications effort was created to build awareness of the checkoff-funded BQA program and its residue avoidance guidelines.
Recently, the Federal Safety Inspection Service reassessed the beef carcass inspection testing-level requirements for residue risks. After their evaluation, FSIS recommended an increase in the number of beef carcasses tested. In response to this recommendation, the Beef Quality Assurance advisory board, state coordinators and staff decided to create a communications effort to build awareness of the checkoff-funded BQA program and its residue avoidance guidelines.
The campaign's message is that residue avoidance is easy if you follow three simple steps:
1. Record pertinent information when you treat an animal.
2. Check ship date against required withdrawal times.
3. Go determine if the animal is healthy for shipping.
Often, inadequate record keeping is cited as a major problem during on-farm residue violation investigations. The 2011 National Beef Quality Audit findings released in July also revealed that proper record keeping and written protocols throughout the system were identified as areas where improvement would help strengthen consumer confidence in beef products.
Learn more at BQA.org, or visit http://www.animalcaretraining.org.