Protecting Animal Feed Protects Our Food

Although not typically on the minds of the public, regulation and inspection of animal feeds affects them every day, from keeping their pet foods safe to preventing BSE (“Mad Cow Disease”) from entering the United States. Feed inspection is also important to farmers and ranchers by safeguarding livestock feed thus ensuring that the meat, milk and eggs produced are safe for humans as well.

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fictitious plant pathogen, Ruthayibacter taxicus

Invasion of Exotic Plant Disease: Practicing Our Emergency Response

What happens when an exotic plant disease spreads across the agricultural fields of your state? Plant and agricultural product inspectors are the front-line troops for controlling or eliminating parasites, fungi, bacteria and viruses that could impact your state’s natural resources and cultivated agricultural products.

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Ensuring Clean Water for Safer Food

Researchers in the Western Center for Food Safety’s Atwill Water and Foodborne Zoonotic Disease Laboratory located with the Western Institute for Food Safety and Security are playing an important role in the FDA-funded Western Irrigation Water Project which is working to ensure safe water for agriculture through water quality surveillance and sharing of data with produce farmers and irrigation districts. Read about the teams’ work to ensure clean water for safer food.

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