Why BSE went so much better than pink slime

When a new case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was reported by the media last week, the headlines weren’t too bad. “They may even be accused of being fair and accurate,” quipped Janie Gabbett, executive editor of Meatingplace, who addressed the Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholders Summit on Wednesday. FULL STORY »

New FMD vaccine approval expected soon

With recent foot-and-mouth disease outbreaks reported in Taiwan and China, many livestock producers are growing increasingly nervous about the possibility of the disease occurring in the United States. FULL STORY »

Understanding Guidance 209 and 213 Play video

At the AVC’s April meeting in Washington, D.C., Mike Apley, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVCP, Kansas State University, explains what FDA’s rulings on Guidance 209 and 213 will mean for producers and cattle veterinarians. FULL STORY »

Veterinarians: BSE facts you need to know

Yesterday’s announcement by USDA’s Chief Veterinarian John Clifford, DVM, of atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) confirmed in a central California dairy cow sent shock waves throughout the beef and dairy industries as well as the consumer press. Now it’s time to take a breath, step back, and look at the facts. First and foremost, we do not have a food safety crisis. But you, as veterinarians, will be asked, no doubt, by your clients, neighbors, community and even the media about the significance of this event. FULL STORY »

BSE found in central California Play video

America’s fourth case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was confirmed today in a press briefing by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. John Clifford, USDA’s chief veterinarian, said a dairy cow expressing an "atypical" case of BSE was found at a rendering facility in central California and the carcass is being held under State authority and will be destroyed. FULL STORY »

Hurd’s edgy blog on food safety

Do you want some real straight talk about food safety issues in animal agriculture? Then check out the new blog from Scott Hurd, DVM, PhD, Iowa State University at FULL STORY »

FDA Plan for Foods and Veterinary Medicine Program

Monday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the final Strategic Plan for the Foods and Veterinary Medicine Program (FVM) for 2012-2016. The plan addresses the responsibilities of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition and the Center for Veterinary Medicine while including activities supported by the Office of Regulatory Affairs. FULL STORY »

Industry responds to FDA ruling

In a press conference held Wednesday by the Animal Health Institute, the AHI, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the National Pork Producers Council discussed potential impacts of last week’s FDA ruling on antimicrobial use in food animals and increased veterinary oversight. FULL STORY »

Pasteurization does not harm milk components

Raw milk advocates continuously state that pasteurization destroys important components in milk that promote good health. Peer-reviewed research looking at the effects of pasteurization unequivocally demonstrates that milk that has been pasteurized retains its valuable nutritional components. FULL STORY »

Beef 101 educates congressional staffers Play video

Guy Loneragan, BVSc, PhD and feedlot owner Anne Burkholder educate congressional staffers on the beef industry, the inputs used and the care producers take of their cattle. FULL STORY »

Swine antibiotic use estimates from KSU

Antibiotic use in livestock has been in the news a lot lately, especially when used in the feed for food producing animals. A major component of regulatory decisions and ongoing debates has been the various estimates of quantities of antibiotics used in food animals. Mike Apley, a clinical pharmacologist and professor of clinical sciences at Kansas State University, has investigated these uses for swine as part of a team authoring the paper “Use Estimates of In-Feed Antimicrobials in Swine Production in the United States." The paper was recently published in the journal Foodborne Pathogens and Disease. FULL STORY »

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