The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) is presenting a commentary on May 7, 2012 in Washington, DC, led by an Iowa State University (ISU) veterinary expert, on the direct relationship between animal health and food safety.

 Scott Hurd, DVM, ISU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, is task force chairman of this new CAST Commentary designed to:

  • Discuss the quantifiable impact animal health has on public health risk of foodborne illness from farm products;
  • Identify the factors that impact animal health; and
  • Highlight specific research needs.

 To attend this presentation, please RSVP by May 3 to msly@cast-science.org.

 The commentary looks at the pressures to change livestock rearing methods, evidence to support the direct public health impact on human illness and Food Safety and Inspection Service regulations.

 The authors use indirect evidence diagrams and graphs to deliver their findings about the means in which health animals result in safer food.

 The publication includes specific information from studies and numerous cited sources. The authors believe that “it should be clear that the health of the animals within the food animal production system impacts many aspects of the system far removed from the animals themselves.”

 The commentary will be available as a free download starting May 7 on the CAST Web site at http://www.cast-science.org. CAST is an international consortium of scientific and professional societies, companies and nonprofit organizations that provides science-based information.