What is "Quality" Beef?
A large part of the beef industry’s job involves
making sure that beef is safe and wholesome for consumers. BQA began as an effort to ensure that violative chemical residues
were not present in marketed beef.
Originally called “Beef Safety Assurance,” the program's early emphasis
was on assuring the real and perceived safety of beef. However, BQA has become much more than a safety assurance program.
Today, BQA programming is expanding with information to help producers implement best management practices that improve
both quality grades and yield grades of beef carcasses.
These practices include cattle handling, transportation,
branding, de-horning, and vaccination procedures.