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Program fundamentals

Workshops held regularly across Canada as part of the VBP program inform beef producers of program fundamentals:

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

SOPs for management practices in the VBP program are designed to reduce or eliminate the possibility of a food safety concern on a beef cattle operation. They include a set of "must do" requirements as well as recommended procedures to help reduce the chance of a hazard, along with a record keeping component to demonstrate what was done. VBP program SOPs cover animal health management, cattle shipping, medicated feed, pesticide control and training / communications.

Effective records

Documenting food safety management practices is the proof that withdrawal times are followed and potential hazards are minimized.

Verification

When SOPs are verified through a third party, audit-style process, farm operations achieve the credibility and profile of meeting national VBP standards.