Through the history of the beef quality assurance (BQA) initiative, we’ve known the effort would never be “finished,” but instead would require continuous improvement and discovery of new methods or practices.
U.S. sales of medically important antimicrobials for use in food animals dropped considerably last year according to the latest summary report from the FDA. The decline in 2017 accelerated a trend that began in 2016.
Noting the importance of keeping the use of antimicrobials as low as possible without compromising health, three international veterinary organizations have issued a statement regarding judicious use in food animals.
When the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef formed in 2012, participants quickly realized sustainability goals, practices and measurements would need to reflect regional differences in beef-production environments.