From holiday meals to unpasteurized milk, the AVMA's
new podcast series "Chew on This" examines issues relevant to
food safety and the nation's food supply.
"America's veterinarians play key roles in food safety, and these
podcasts offer us an opportunity to speak directly to consumers—many of
whom may not be tuned in to the latest science and research surrounding the
food we eat," said Dr. James Cook, AVMA president. "We're going
to explore and investigate many of today's burning topics surrounding
food—where it comes from, how it gets to our tables, and why it's important
to keep our food safe, abundant, and affordable."
"Chew on This" kicked off in late November with a Thanksgiving
installment featuring Dr. Dustan Clark, extension poultry veterinarian at the
University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. Dr. Clark answers questions
about how to ensure that holiday meals are safe for the family.
Subsequent installments in the series address the pasteurization of
dairy products, the safety of food from animal clones, and the intersection
of politics and food safety. The podcasts feature Dr. Raymond Sweeney of
the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine; Barbara
Glenn, PhD, of the Biotechnology Industry Organization; and Dr. Wayne
Allard, who served two terms in the U.S. Senate representing Colorado.
Additional podcasts will explore topics such as organic foods, the
identification of food animals and products, and food imports.
The "Chew on This" series is available at www.avma.org under "RSS feeds,"
through Apple's iTunes, or through the AVMA advocacy site at www.KeepOurFoodSafe.org.