Consumers want a tasty piece of veal, but it also needs to be safe. In other words, it should not contain any substances that do not belong there. In order to offer extra security and confidence, the Foundation for Quality Guarantee of the Veal Sector (SKV) was established in 1990. Today, nearly the entire production chain participates in SKV. SKV aims to promote the quality of veal and calf feeds and to guarantee that veal is produced in accordance with established quality requirements and without using undesirable growth-promoting agents. To this end, SKV employees perform inspections in every link of the production chain and at various levels, both on-site and administratively.
The SKV inspectors perform unannounced inspections, including at veal calf farmers, veal-processing companies and calf feed manufacturers and traders who have joined SKV. During the inspection, veal calves are visually checked and, among other things, urine samples from veal calves and samples from calf feeds are taken. Administrative checks are also performed and inspectors visit veal-processing companies to take samples there. During the inspections, the requirements stated in the Product Certification Regulation SKV 2005 are also checked. By complying with all PCR regulations, SKV affiliates can obtain the SKV Veal Calves Product Certificate. This certificate demonstrates that not only the product, but also the production process is correct.
In addition, SKV has been appointed by the Stichting Brancheorganisatie Kalversector (SBK) as the Certifying Body for the Vitaal Kalf quality system. In this context, SKV performs inspections and certifications at veal farmers, processors and collection centres. Checkpoints include animal welfare, use of veterinary medicines and registration, hygiene in relation to antibiotic use and reduction of antibiotic use, I&R, pest control, the quality of the young calf, drinking water quality and the inspections for prohibited substances and compliance with regulations for transport and slaughter, weighing and classification of calves.