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Bert Mitchell

About the Interviewee: 
Worked with industry (Ralston Purina, St. Louis) & government (Director of the Bureau of Veterinary Drugs, Ottawa & Senior Official of the FDA, Washington, D.C.

Following graduation from OVC in 1964 Bert Mitchell worked for the Ralston Purina Company in the St. Louis, Missouri Pathology laboratory. He stayed with Purina for 18 years, first as a diagnostic pathologist and then as Director of Research. He was recruited by Agriculture Canada to be the Director of the Bureau of Veterinary Drugs in Ottawa. He was in charge of an organization that evaluates  and approves drugs used in animals and medicated feeds. After six years in that position he was asked to become Director of Surveillance and Compliance with the Food and Drug Administration in the United States. This entailed enforcing the proper use of drugs in animals and medicated feeds in the US. He had an organization of 90 people in Washington itself and the equivalent of about 150 full time employees distributed throughout the US in various FDA offices. During this time Bert had to deal with the “mad cow” scare devising preventive regulations for the US in cooperation with Canada.

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Interview Date: 
D. Julian
Call Number: 
RE1 UOG A1340173