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Developing the veterinary role in food production

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‘I DON'T think vets have been vocal enough on issues where the welfare of animals is crucial, where the science can be used and where policy needs to be changed or pushed forward. I don't see enough letters in the media from the vets doing campaigning as opposed to some of the scientists who think they know everything.’

So said Lord Rooker, chairman of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) Board, speaking at the British Cattle Veterinary Association's congress in Telford last month. With the theme ‘Healthy cattle, healthy food and healthy people’, the congress aimed to link three issues relevant to farm animal vets now and in the future, those of food safety, food security and veterinary involvement in ‘One Health’.

Lord Rooker's remark arose following a presentation in which he gave an overview of the work of the FSA. Encouraging vets to speak out on food animal welfare, he commented that many pressure groups with an interest in animal welfare were often interested in only …

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