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AMI Foundation to Sponsor Second Annual Animal Handling and Stunning Conference, February 8-9, 2000 in Kansas City

Tuesday, November 30, 1999

The AMI Foundation (AMIF) will host a second Animal Handling and Stunning Conference, February 8-9, 2000, at the Westin Kansas City, in Kansas City, MO. The two-day conference will detail AMIF’s recommended handling and stunning practices and will outline how self-audit and employee training programs can help companies improve their handling and stunning performance. Good handling and stunning are strongly associated with better quality products, improved efficiency, better employee morale and enhanced worker safety.

Participants will hear a detailed presentation on the quality benefits and cost savings that can be derived from improved animal handling. Also on the agenda is a discussion of USDA’s new animal welfare training initiatives and a presentation about animal
welfare groups and consumer expectations related to animal welfare and the meat products they buy.

All conference participants will receive copies of AMIF’s training videos “Good Animal Handling Practices for Beef Processors,” and “Good Animal Handling Practices for Pork Processors,” which were developed in consultation with Grandin Livestock Handling Systems and McDonald’s Corporation.

Featured speakers include Temple Grandin, Ph.D., president of Grandin Livestock Handling Systems and assistant professor at Colorado State University; Gary Smith, Ph.D., university distinguished professor and holder of Monfort chair in meat science, Colorado State University and Janice Swanson, Ph.D., assistant professor, Kansas State University.

Also on the agenda is Tom McDougal, Ph.D., staff officer of the Food Safety and Inspection Service Human Resource Development Staff in College Station, TX; and Paul Simmons, director of quality systems at McDonald’s Corporation in Oak Brook, IL.

Registration for the conference is $355 for members, $325 when three or more members register together and $495 for non-members. To make a room reservation, contact the Westin Kansas City at (816) 474-4400. Room rates are $119, single or double occupancy.

For more information or to register contact AMI’s Manager of Education Services Amy Peck. Complimentary press registration is available by calling AMI’s Vice President of Public Affairs Janet Riley.

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

For more information contact:
Janet Riley
Vice President, Public Affairs
James Ratchford
Manager, Public Affairs

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