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USDA official to speak at AMIF BSE Briefing

WASHINGTON, DC - Dr. Ron DeHaven, deputy administrator of veterinary services for the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), will speak on the recent BSE discovery at the American Meat Institute Foundation's BSE Briefing here Tuesday, Feb. 3, at The Fairmont.

This event was re-scheduled from the original Feb. 12 date.

Dr. DeHaven provides leadership in safeguarding animal health and directs a national staff. Previously, Dr. DeHaven served as the acting associate administrator for APHIS; deputy administrator for the Animal Care (AC) unit of APHIS, administering the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act; AC's Western Regional director in Sacramento, CA.

A native of Salt Lake City, DeHaven earned a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Purdue University and a MBA from Millsaps College. He also spent four years in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps before beginning his career with APHIS.

The briefing is scheduled for 8- 5:00pm. It will review actions taken by industry and government, offer updates on international trade, and discuss what plans are in place to address other critical issues that may lie ahead. Among the topics are: scientific status, human health, risk analysis, government response, legislative response, international trade, industry response, and consumer and media response.

Other speakers include: Dr. Will Hueston, University of Minnesota; Dr. Alejandro Thiermann, OIE's Terrestrial Animal Health Standards Commission; David Ropeik, Harvard Center for Risk Analysis; Kim Essex, National Cattlemen's Beef Association. This event is co-sponsored by the NCBA and the U.S. Meat Export Federation.

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