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AMI Foundation Sponsoring Implementing Listeria Intervention and Control Workshop Dec. 3 – 4, 2003, in Boston

Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Washington, DC – The AMI Foundation (AMIF) will hold its popular "Implementing Listeria Intervention and Control" workshop Dec. 3 - 4, 2003, at the Hyatt Harborside in Boston, Mass.

The two-day course is designed to help participants examine the issues surrounding Listeria control and testing and to provide experience in developing and implementing a Listeria control program in ready-to-eat meat and poultry establishments.

The importance of this issue is underscored by recent actions taken by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) made final its interim rule for control of Listeria monocytogenes on ready-to-eat meat products. This rule took effect on Oct. 6, 2003. The rule establishes three risk-based alternatives for categorizing RTE products and it further emphasizes the importance of Listeria control programs in the RTE processing environment.

The workshop will address sanitation GMPs, sanitary design, microbial intervention technology, microbiological sampling, data analysis, and investigation and corrective actions. The workshop also will include a technology fair where attendees can meet directly with suppliers.

Participants also will have the opportunity to work through on-the-job scenarios in small groups with workshop speakers and AMI regulatory and scientific affairs staff on hand to answer questions and help solve problems. Breakout sessions will allow participants to deal with different Listeria related scenarios in small groups.

Registration is limited to 60 participants for each workshop to ensure a quality learning experience. Workshop materials are provided in a CD-ROM format.

To register for the workshop, visit http://www.meatinstitute.org. Questions regarding the workshop should be directed to Katie Brannan at 703-841-3621 or kbrannan@meatinstitute.org.

To make reservations call The Hilton directly at 617-568-1234 or 800-233-1234 by Nov. 11, 2003. After this date, rooms will be on a space and rate available basis. Mention AMI to receive the special group rate of $175 single or double occupancy.

The AMI Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to research, education and information projects that benefit the meat and poultry industry. Originally created in 1944, the AMI Foundation today solicits grants from government, industry and other organizations to fund a broad range of food safety, worker safety, nutrition and consumer information projects.

For more information contact:
Dan Murphy
Vice President, Public Affairs
Josee Meehan
Senior Manager, Public Affairs

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