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Veggie Debby is in charge of the animal inquiry; FOOT AND MOUTH IS BACK.

THE investigation into the latest crisis affecting our meat is led by Chief Veterinary Officer Debby Reynolds - who is a vegetarian.

Hilary Benn, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, said: "She and her team have done an extraordinary job."

Before her current post, Dr Reynolds was veterinary director at the Food Standards Agency. She is also the director general for animal health and welfare and is responsible for shaping UK animal health policy. She gave extensive guidance to the Government on the bird flu virus which hit the UK in 2005.

Dr Reynolds qualified as a veterinary surgeon with honours from the University of Bristol in 1975.

In her early career, she was a veterinary research officer at the Institute of Animal Health.

She joined the state veterinary service in 1984.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 6, 2007
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