Recently, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) 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 (BQA) 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.
As a trusted consultant to beef and dairy producers, we want you to be aware of this important initiative. In the coming months, at your local auction market, you may see posters and displays for the new residue avoidance campaign, Control residues. Every animal, every time.
The campaign’s message is that residue avoidance is easy if you follow three simple steps:
- Record – pertinent information when you treat an animal
- Check – ship date against required withdrawal times
- 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 (NBQA) 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.
To help your clients understand the importance of record keeping for their operation, consider sharing one of these videos:
- Best Management Practices – Record Keeping and Inventory Control, a new BQA training video on the Animal Care Training site managed by the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University
- BQA record keeping on BQA.org in education module section
- Processing, Treatment and Records on the BQA YouTube channel
To learn more, visit BQA.org.