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Dr. H. Scott Hurd

Dr. H. Scott Hurd

Scott Hurd is currently an Associate Professor and Director of the Food Risk Modeling and Policy Laboratory at Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in Ames, Iowa. He served as Deputy Undersecretary for Food Safety at the USDA in 2008. In this position he directed all federal meat and poultry inspection. He has been at Iowa State since 2004, after 12 years in the USDA Ag Research Service, Ames IA, and the NAHMS, National Animal Health Monitoring System in Ft Collins, CO.

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Silliness About Food Animal Antibiotic Use; Thoughts on Kennedy, Kessler Comments


It is so easy for newspapers and former government officials (of which I am one) to simplify a topic and confuse an issue. I applaud Drs. Kennedy and Kessler for their call in The New York Times and Washington Post for FDA to finish up on their work in Guidance 213. However, they are behind… Continue Reading

The Other Side of Antimicrobial Resistance


An editorial was recently published by Food Safety News entitled “Letter from the Editor: Antibiotic Resistance” (1). For the most part, I agree with this article. However, there are a few points that I think need clarification. I will use a “point-counterpoint” approach, although not all of these counterpoints are arguments. Point: “Antibiotics are integral… Continue Reading