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CAHFS Capacity and Capability for Microbiological Testing of Animal Food Products

Investigators
Clothier, Kristin
Institutions
University of California - Davis
Start date
2012
End date
2017
Objective
The California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS), within the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California - Davis, is uniquely qualified to participate in a cooperative agreement with the Veterinary Laboratory Response Network (VetLRN). Disease detection and bacterial pathogen identification are critical components of our diagnostic mission. As an accredited member of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD), CAHFS adheres to rigorous standards and strict performance monitoring required for certification by this organization. We utilize established and validated standardized operating procedures (SOP's) to perform specimen processing; microbial testing; and secure results reporting to ensure we are providing timely and accurate results to our submitters and stakeholders. In our role as a food safety testing facility, we are adept at processing and evaluating a variety of animal foods and feeds as well as food products intended for human consumption for bacterial pathogens. Our experience with both classical and molecular methods to detect foodborne bacterial agents and potential pathogens could be extremely beneficial to the VetLRN in both small-scale and large-scale food intoxication events. These qualifications align well with the mission of the VetLRN and will strengthen the FDA's ability to recognize and respond to an animal food or product contamination event. The recent outbreak of human illnesses that were associated with exposure to potentially Salmonella- contaminated pet food highlights the possible widespread health issues that can arise from an animal feed product contamination. We recognize the critical role that the VetLRN plays in recognizing and responding to these types of events, and we welcome the opportunity to expand this working relationship.
Funding Source
Food and Drug Administration
Project source
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Project number
4U18FD004641-04
Categories
Bacterial Pathogens
Natural Toxins