How We Advance Food Safety and Safe Animal Food Products
Animal food is weighed on a scale.
To advance the safety of animal food products, CVM’s Office of Research develops and validates methods needed to detect pathogens and contaminants in food for animals and in food derived from animals. The loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) method to screen for Salmonella in animal food is an example of a method CVM scientists developed to advance food safety.
Vet-LIRN puts those detection methods to work, supporting investigations into whether an animal illness is related to food or a drug it consumed. Through NARMS, we monitor antimicrobial resistant-bacteria in retail meat.
We maintain the Phish-Pharm database on the movement of drugs in aquatic animals as a resource to search scientific literature in support of drug contaminant surveillance.