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FDA Brings Residue-Avoidance Message to Livestock Producers

by Diana Monaco, Public Affairs Specialist, and Beverly Kent, Assistant to the Director, FDA New York District Office
FDA Veterinarian Newsletter September/October 2004 Volume XIX, No V

Exhibits at trade shows provide one of the best means of educating livestock producers about the need to avoid illegal drug residues in food-producing animals. So, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) New York District Office this year continued its exhibit program started last year at two important farmer meetings.

New York District Office investigators Nick Mendiola, Steve Libel, Bruce Cooper, and Bill Chilton along with public affairs specialist Diana Monaco and assistant to the Director, Beverly Kent, took the FDA exhibit in August to Empire Farm Days in Seneca County in rural New York. The show is one of the largest on the East Coast and attracts about 75,000 visitors from the United States and Canada.

The FDA staff answered questions about veterinary medicine, including ways to avoid illegal drug residues.

The second farm event was the Central New York Farm Progress Show held in Mohawk, NY, in September. This event was targeted at the smaller farm communities and supported by the local elementary schools. Hundreds of children and their parents visited the FDA exhibit and learned about the Agency and its role in agriculture. The event, although smaller in scale compared with the Empire Farm Days, provided an opportunity to educate future farmers.

Ms. Monaco and Ms. Kent coordinated FDA’s exhibit program for these events.