AVMA welcomes legislation to protect America’s food supply

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American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) President Dr. John Howe released the following statement in response to passage of the Protecting America’s Food and Agriculture Act of 2019 in Congress. This bipartisan legislation will increase the number of Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) inspectors and agriculture canine teams, providing protection against foreign animal diseases and plant pests at U.S. ports of entry.

“As we have seen most recently with African swine fever, there IS no shortage of diseases that can threaten our food supply and the health and welfare of food animals in the United States. This legislation will go a long way in providing CBP inspectors with the resources they need to protect our country’s critical food and agriculture infrastructure from the introduction of exotic or emerging diseases or pests.”

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The AVMA is the nation's leading representative of the veterinary profession, speaking for more than 105,000 member veterinarians across the United States who care passionately about protecting animal health, animal welfare and human health. Informed by its members' unique scientific training and knowledge, the AVMA advocates for policies that advance the practice of veterinary medicine and support the crucial work of veterinarians nationwide.