Impacts affecting animal health

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) has just released its report The Direct Relationship between Animal Health and Food Safety Outcomes. The report was put together by a team of experts led by Scott Hurd, DVM, PhD, Iowa State University. The commentary looks at the pressures to change livestock rearing methods, evidence to support the direct public health impact on human illness days, and food safety and inspection service regulations. FULL STORY »

Quality Feed recalls milk replacer

Quality Feed Inc., of Dousman, Wis., is recalling milk replacer that was shipped between Jan. 31 and March 31, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. FULL STORY »

Review session to answer questions about animal antibiotic use

An Ohio State University professor will answer questions regarding antibiotic use in livestock during a Sept. 19 presentation at the Farm Science Review in London, Ohio. FULL STORY »

Feedlot biosecurity – good but not perfect

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) conducted the Feedlot 2011 study, an in-depth look at large and small feedlots. One segment of the study focused on biosecurity practices of feedlots that are designed to minimize the risk of disease introduction and spread on an operation. FULL STORY »

NBAF: The reviews are done and it’s time to act

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., makes no bones about it. The time is now to continue with funding and the construction of the new National Bio and Agro Defense Facility (NBAF) in Manhattan, Kan. Roberts points to a trip to Russia and a mock foot-and-mouth disease exercise as demonstrating the urgent need for a biosafety level 4 laboratory to replace the aging Plum Island, N.Y., facility. FULL STORY »

Daley speaks out on California abuse case

Federal regulators have suspended operation of a Central California slaughterhouse after receiving undercover video showing alleged abuse to dairy cows. Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which inspects meat facilities, suspended operations Monday at Central Valley Meat Co. in Hanford, Calif. FULL STORY »

October E. coli meeting

Washington State University and the University of Nebraska will continue its examination of E. coli in cattle at a free conference in Greenbelt, Md., Preharvest Control of STECs in Cattle. The conference will be held Oct. 4. FULL STORY »

Consumers need more information on antibiotic use Play video

More effort must be focused on consumer education regarding antibiotic use in livestock and poultry. The effort must include information on how antibiotics are used appropriately, according to Jeff Bender, DVM, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. FULL STORY »

Drugs FSIS can test for

Dale Moore, DVM, MPVM, PhD, Washington State University, lists the drugs that the Food System (FSIS) Inspection Service is now capable of testing for in food animals. FULL STORY »

Q&A on new meat residue testing

Dale Moore, DVM, MPVM, PhD, Washington State University, discusses the new Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) sampling strategies for residue testing in meat, poultry and eggs and a restructuring of the National Residue Program that will become effective this week. FULL STORY »

FMD Response Plan book

The Foot-and-Mouth Disease Response Plan: The Red Book (June 2012) is now available at the National Center for Animal Health Emergency Management website. FULL STORY »

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