Global food supply requires global security

By Peter Kent

Globalization sends U.S. crops and meat around the world and brings food products to our shores. Wherever it comes from, it’s important that the food we eat is safe.

This spring, Clemson Livestock-Poultry Health director Tony Caver was asked to join a five-member team of USDA animal health officials who inspected livestock health in Uruguay.

The team toured sheep and cattle operations and animal health inspection laboratories, and met with livestock officials. They found a strong and genuine commitment from both government officials and livestock producers to maintain Uruguay’s Foot and Mouth Disease-Free Status. A 2001 outbreak was financially devastating for the farmers.

“They see the value of vaccinating, tracking livestock, and using border patrol and surveillance to prevent or control another outbreak,” said Caver, who serves as South Carolina’s state veterinarian. Clemson’s Livestock-Poultry Health programs protect the safety of the state’s meats and the health of its domestic animals.

For information: or Tony Caver, 803-788-2260,