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CVM ATTENDS WORLD DAIRY EXPO AND AVMA CONVENTION

FDA Veterinarian Newsletter 2002 Volume XVI, No VI

CVM'ers Deborah Brooks, Joanne Kla, and Karen Kandra staffed a booth at the 36th World Dairy Expo, held recently in Madison, WI. Located at the Alliant Energy Center, the Expo attracted 70,100 people from the dairy industry from 81 countries. That is an increase from the last year's event when 62,075 attendees from 66 countries attended the world's largest strictly dairy focused trade show. Canada, Japan, Mexico, Germany and Netherlands/Holland provided the most foreign attendees.

Charles D. Price, Senior Regional Milk Specialist from FDA's Chicago office, assisted CVM'ers in responding to questions from visitors to the booth. CVM hand-outs included The Judicious Use of Antimicrobials for Dairy Producers and The Judicious Use of Antimicrobials for Dairy Veterinarians, as well as the new Spanish versions of the Small Entity Compliance Guides for Renderers; Protein Blenders, Feed Manufacturers, and Distributors; Producers with On-Farm Mixing Operations; and, Producers Without On-Farm Mixing Operations.

More than 8,000 veterinarians and others attended the 2002 American Veterinary Medical Association's (AVMA) Convention at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN last July.

CVM Director, Dr. Stephen F. Sundlof, presented a speech giving an overview of CVM's food safety activities, including antimicrobial resistance, illegal drug compounding, biotechnology, and dioxins.

Dr. David G. White of CVM's Office of Research presented current CVM research and regulatory activities associated with antimicrobial resistance, including research detailing the prevalence of antimicrobial resistant zoonotic foodborne bacterial pathogens in domestic and imported retail foods and animal feeds.

The Center for Veterinary Medicine staffed a booth in commercial space that attracted hundreds of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, students, and guests. Jon Scheid and Karen Kandra from CVM's Communications Staff, and Dr. Doug Oeller from the Division of Therapeutic Drugs for Non-Food Animals responded to questions, and distributed publications such as FDA and the Veterinarian, the Judicious Use Guides, and the FDA Veterinarian, along with stickers, magnets, and stuffed animals to a few lucky youngsters. This was a wonderful opportunity to converse with stakeholders, and pass along valuable information.