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Dr. Alfonso Torres testifying before the U.S. Senate on January 27, 2004


Senate Agriculture Committee Calls Torres to Testify on BSE

FOR RELEASE: Jan. 26, 2004

By Linda Story

The full Senate Agriculture Committee, chaired by Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) calls for testimony regarding the discovery of a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a dairy cow in Washington as it relates to food safety, livestock marketing, and international trade

Witnesses are the Honorable Ann M. Veneman, Secretary, United States Department of Agriculture; Commissioner Mark McClellan, United States Food and Drug Administration; and Alfonso Torres, Executive Director, N.Y. State Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory and Associate Dean of Veterinary Public Policy at Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine.

Torres is a former federal government senior executive who served Plum Island Foreign Animal Disease Center, and as the chief veterinary officer of the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. His current non-federal-government position gives him unique perspective in evaluating the sufficiency of government actions in response to a case of BSE in the United States.

The hearing was held Tuesday, January 27, 2004 at 9:30 a.m.(ET).

Dr. Torres' full testimony is now available.