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Animal Handling Expert Temple Grandin to Be Featured Expert on Washingtonpost.com

Monday, April 9, 2001

Animal Handling expert Temple Grandin, assistant professor of animal science at Colorado State University, will be the featured expert in a chat on Washingtonpost.com Tuesday, April 10, 2001, at 1 p.m. EST. Her chat will focus on a story expected to run in tomorrow’s Washington Post about animal handling in meat packing plants.

Investigative reporter Joby Warrick has conducted a lengthy investigation of violations of the Humane Slaughter Act in plants across the country. As part of his research, he interviewed Dr. Grandin extensively and attended the AMI Foundation Animal Handing and Stunning Workshop in February 2001. The story is the second and final piece in a series about the meat industry. The first piece focused on food safety and HACCP and ran in today’s Washington Post.

AMI President J. Patrick Boyle said he was "disappointed" to see that after nearly a year of research, today's Washington Post story was "no more than a re-hash of stories we've seen for the past decade -- inspectors complain about lack of authority, workers are accused of finger-painting contamination on carcasses and the mistakes of professional food handlers are treated as if they bear no relationship to human illness." Boyle said he "expected more" from The Washington Post.

To read the stories, visit http://www.washingtonpost.com. To access the chat, click "live online." You may submit questions in advance if you cannot participate in the chat. You also may read the transcript of today’s chat about meat safety by Warrick and "Dateline NBC’s" Lea Thompson. A "Dateline NBC" segment about today’s Post piece will air tonight, April 9 at 9 p.m. EST.

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