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Best Food Facts gives you the opportunity to connect with food experts from around the country who have done the research, checked their work and want to share the results. Through blog posts, experts provide answers to your questions about food. Best Food Facts encourages open discussion - please send us your questions.


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H. Scott Hurd, PhD, is Associate Professor of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine at Iowa State University. He completed a term as Deputy Undersecretary for Food Safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in January of 2009. As the country’s chief food safety veterinarian, he held the responsibility for the protection of public health and food safety through policies and programs aimed at the nation's supply of meat, poultry and processed egg products. He is also Director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Risk Assessment and Hazard Identification in Foods of Animal Origin. His research publications are well-known to all in the field of veterinary public health and food safety. He has been a leading researcher and risk analyst on multiple issues such as Mad Cow, Avian Influenza, Salmonella and the risk of antimicrobial use. His research interests and publications include the most critical emerging issues for the US food system today: risk assessment, emerging infectious diseases, food-borne pathogens, foreign animal diseases, global food safety, traceability and antibiotic risk assessment. Dr. Hurd’s current research is developing risk-based decision tools to study preharvest food safety interventions such as vaccine. Dr. Hurd received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University and completed his PhD in Epidemiology from Michigan State University. Dr. Hurd has helped Best Food Facts answer questions about the following topics:

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