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Food Safety

 

Animal Medicines & Food Safety

Research shows that healthy animals are an important factor in providing safer food. Just like people, animals can get sick and may require medicines to treat their conditions. More importantly, animal medicines are a critical link in the food safety chain, as they represent a necessary tool for farmers and veterinarians to prevent diseases, treat sick animals, and control outbreaks among livestock and poultry.

It is essential for veterinarians to continue to have a broad range of animal medicines available as one of the tools in the fight against foodborne illnesses.



Why are medicines needed for food-producing animals?


 

Animal Medicines: An Important Link in the Food Safety Chain



 

The Future of Food Safety

Pre-harvest vaccines are truly innovative agents capable of vastly improving the safety of food in the United States as it travels from farm to fork. These vaccines can be easily administered by farmers to their livestock to greatly reduce the prevalence of harmful foodborne pathogens like E. coli, campylobacter and salmonella.

While significant progress has been made in reducing these bacteria in processing, reducing the amount of bacteria one step earlier — at the farms — will help in the fight against food-borne illness.

Certain organisms do not cause clinical diseases in food animals but can cause human disease if they are transmitted to humans via meat products. Pre-harvest vaccines, however, are promising and effective tools for livestock producers to combat these organisms, and to help promote and maintain food safety. 


 

What do other experts say?

Watch this short video about how farmers and veterinarians keep cattle healthy and disease free.