Federal shutdown puts public health at risk, AVMA CEO warns

10/16/2013 | YouTube

Although the USDA agreed to bring certain key staff involved with approval of livestock vaccines back to work, the effects of the government shutdown continue to ripple through the animal health world, according to AVMA Executive Vice President and CEO Dr. Ron DeHaven. Furloughs of FDA food inspectors and severely reduced animal health surveillance have crippled critical public health protection programs, according to Dr. DeHaven. "At the end of the day, these things can have an impact on the economics of production and agriculture, but perhaps more importantly even on the safety and security of our food supply," he said, noting that many of the diseases that affect animals also affect humans.

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