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AMIF, Other Industry Groups, Partner to Present E. coli Education Programs

Friday, July 18, 2008

(American Meat Institute)

The American Meat Institute Foundation, in partnership with other industry organizations, will present two upcoming opportunities for plants to learn more about how to develop control strategies that not only satisfy regulatory agencies, but more importantly, can have a meaningful impact on the safety of their products.


The first event, the webinar “Top Ten Ways to Reduce E. coli O157:H7,” will be held July 24 at 2 p.m. EST and will last for 60-75 minutes. Speakers Randy Huffman, Ph.D., president, AMI Foundation, and Dane Bernard, vice president of food safety and quality assurance, Keystone Foods, LLC, will address execution of intervention, testing best practices and verification and corrective actions.

The webinar is part of a summer educational series sponsored by The American Meat Institute (AMI), the National Meat Association (NMA) the North American Meat Processors Association (NAMP) and the American Association of Meat Processors (AAMP).

To register, go to the Events/Education section of www.meatinstitute.org. Registration is $50 for AMI, NMA, NAMP and AAMP members; $150 for non-members.

The second, more in-depth event, the Prevention of E. coli O157:H7 for Beef Further Processors Conference, is slated for September 16-17 in Chicago, Ill.

This conference, sponsored by AMIF, NAMP, AAMP, NMA and the Beef Industry Food Safety Council (BIFSCO) will bring together the top experts on E. coli O157:H7 from academia, government and industry to discuss what steps plants can take to improve their control programs for E. coli O157:H7 and meet Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) expectations. Available technologies and best practices will be discussed, along with practical recommendations for improving HACCP plans and prerequisite programs.

Scheduled speakers include Dan Engeljohn, Ph.D., deputy assistant administrator, FSIS Office of Policy, Program and Employee Development, and experts from the International HACCP Alliance and the Beef Industry Food Safety Council.

For more information on this conference and to register, click here: http://www.namp.com/images/namp/ecoliregform.pdf

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