National Report -- The pleading of agriculture groups against using the term "swine flu" for the new multi-species strain of swine influenza got results. Both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced they would now refer to the pandemic-causing virus as influenza A/H1N1.
Washington -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a final guidance document April 30 about the substances prohibited for use in animal feed, relating to its new rule to protect against bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE).
East Lansing, Mich. -- A researcher with Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Human Medicine has developed a working vaccine for enterotoxigenic E. coli, which is responsible for 60 percent to 70 percent of all E. coli diarrheal disease.
Ithaca, N.Y. -- A new, free tool, produced by Partners in Animal Health at Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine, aims to minimize animal disease outbreaks by helping veterinarians and farmers diagnose poultry diseases more quickly.
Washington -- The Food Animal Residue Avoidance Database (FARAD) will remain operational throughout the rest of the year as a result of $806,000 in appropriations, which were included in the fiscal 2009 omnibus legislation signed by President Obama last month.
Washington — In testimony on a proposal to create a unified national food-safety agency, the AVMA argued that the most important component in food safety is a mandatory nationwide program that tracks livestock.