September 26, 2016

Foster Farms’ vet shares tips for managing a food-safety crisis in the poultry industry

You’re a veterinarian at a major poultry company that’s just been slammed by a food-safety crisis. Can you imagine what that’s like? And more important, would you know what to do? Those were questions posed by Robert O’Connor, DVM, head veterinarian of Foster Farms, in a presentation at the 2016 American Association of Avian Pathologists conference. O’Connor provided first-hand lessons from his experience in August 2013, when Foster Farms received a call from the USDA and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that there had been 125 cases of multidrug resistant Salmonella illness in 15 states that seemed to be linked to the company’s products:  “First thing is, you get hit – broadsided. Torpedo hits the side of the ship. You have to take action.”  Read More

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