London - 8/6/07 - Along with a growing list of countries, the European Union blocked British beef exports amid a foot-and-mouth disease outbreak. British public health officials vowed its response has been swift as they seek to contain the outbreak.
Washington, D.C. - 7/3/07 - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) signed the first U.S./European agreement for assessing food safety risk. This is the first formal international cooperative agreement EFSA has signed and the first formal step in cooperation between the two bodies.
Washington — After a risk evaluation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is amending its regulations to add the Mexi can state of Nayarit to the list of regions considered to be free of classical swine fever (CSF).
Brussels, Belgium — The European Union Commission is funding a study to determine whether animal bonemeal should be allowed back into the diet of farm animals for the first time since a 2000 ban was implemented in response to an incurable disease that attacks the brain.
Iowa City, Iowa - 06/01/2007 - DVMs who work with birds have significantly higher levels of antibodies fighting avian influenza strains compared to control groups, according to a University of Iowa study. The take-home message? Veterinarians are at greater risk of contracting more virulent forms of avian influenza if they hatch in the United States.
Greensburg, Kan. — When warning sirens wailed just before 10 p.m. on Friday, May 4, residents of this oil, gas and farming town sought cover, bracing themselves for a storm. What they didn't know was that, while most of them would survive the F-5 category tornado, at least 11 people and almost their entire city would succumb to the power and brutality of 205-mph winds.
Washington, D.C. - 5/18/07 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced the selection of Craig A. Morris as the deputy administrator of AMS' Livestock and Seed Program.
Orlando, Fla. — The American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) installed DVMs Daryl Olsen and Rodney Baker as the organization's new president and vice president, respectively, at its annual meeting.