Food Safety Advisory Committee

Charge\Objective: 

  1. To serve as the lead AVMA body on food safety issues and antimicrobial resistance issues relating to food safety, programs, and proposed priorities.
  2. To assemble information, confer with experts and prepare policy recommendations for the Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine and the Executive Board on the subject of food safety.
  3. Study management and practitioner measures to enhance food safety at production levels, including microbiological, chemical, and physical hazard reduction, for the purpose of:

a. Advising on the role of food animal practitioners in quality assurance programs, in verifying compliance with quality assurance programs, and in certification of good production practices;

b. Advising on approaches to continuing education and implementation of food safety measures in production environments;

c. Advising on priorities of research needed to enhance food safety.

Representation:

The 2 members of the Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine are selected by the CPHRVM. Each of the other organizations represented nominates a representative to serve a 3-year term—the AVMA Board of Directors considers and confirms the nominees. Representatives may serve a maximum of 2 three-year terms.

The committee is composed of members representing the following: CPHRVM (2 members), American Association of Avian Pathologists, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Association of Food Hygiene Veterinarians, American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners, American Association of Swine Veterinarians, and International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine.

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