Veterinarians traditionally have a vital role in the advancement and maintenance of food safety for the benefit of society. There are increasing stresses on our environment and rapid technological changes which can affect the safety of large amounts of food in a short time. Food production and processing technologies are becoming increasingly complex and increasingly remote from the consumer. The veterinary profession is the only health profession that is actively involved in all aspects of the food chain from farm production of food animals to the consumption of the food products that derive from those animals.
It is the policy of the American Veterinary Medical Association to help assure that the supply of foods of animal origin, including meat, poultry, fish and shellfish, dairy, and eggs shall be safe and wholesome. The AVMA shall encourage its members to promote responsible animal production and husbandry to assist in all matters related to increasing the safety and quality of meat, milk, fish and shell fish, poultry, and related food products. The AVMA shall actively pursue appropriate educational, legislative, and regulatory measures to meet those goals.
Food Animal Health Emergency Planning
2014 American Veterinary Medical Association