Making Food Safer

Animal medicines are an important link in the food safety chain, as they represent a critical tool for farmers and veterinarians to prevent diseases, treat sick animals, and control outbreaks among livestock and poultry. Yet these medicines, especially how and when they are administered, continue to be a topic of debate – from the farm to Capitol Hill.

On November 3, 2011, the Animal Health Institute hosted a panel discussion on the role of animal medicines in providing a healthier food supply. The event was convened to examine some of the challenges at the nexus of animal health and food safety, and address ways policymakers and regulators, consumer advocates, and agriculture and producer groups are working together on these important issues.

Congressman Dennis Cardoza (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry, House Agriculture Committee, delivered the keynote address and Philip Brasher, noted food policy reporter and correspondent for Gannett News service, moderated the panel discussion.

The panel featured experts in the areas of food safety, animal health and public health, as well as consumer advocacy, including:

  • Sarah Klein, Staff Attorney for Food Safety Program, Center for Science in the Public Interest
  • Dr. Beth Krushinskie, Director of Quality Assurance and Food Safety, Mountaire Farms
  • Dr. Guy Loneragan, Professor of Food Safety and Public Health, Texas Tech University
  • Andrew Murphy, CEO, Innovative Livestock Services
  • Dr. Hilary Thesmar, Vice President of Food Safety Programs, Food Marketing Institute

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Opening Remarks, Alex Mathews,
President and CEO, Animal Health Institute

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Keynote Speech, Congressman Dennis Cardoza (D-CA)
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Introduction of Panelists
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Panel Discussion and Audience Q&A,
Moderated by Philip Brasher, Gannett News Service

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