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Industry Officials, Scientists Come Together For Meat Industry Research Conference at AMI's Annual Convention and Innovation Showcase in New Orleans

Friday, July 26, 2002

Washington, DC — The Meat Industry Research Conference (MIRC), an annual event bringing meat and poultry industry scientists and researchers together, will be held in conjunction with the American Meat Institute’s Annual Convention and Innovation Showcase in New Orleans October 24 – 26, 2002.

“The MIRC has developed a reputation as one of the leading meat science conferences,” said AMI Foundation President James H. Hodges. “This annual event encourages information sharing on the most important issues to daily operation in the industry.”

The MIRC will focus on research centered on meeting consumers needs through quality, consistency, new ingredient technologies and food safety interventions. The range of technical topics covered will appeal to industry representatives involved in applied meat research, product development, quality control and food safety.

The conference this year will feature speakers from academia and trade organizations including Jimmy Keeton, Ph.D., Texas A & M University; Peter Muriana, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University; Floyd McKeith, University of Illinois; Ken Prusa, Ph.D., Iowa State University; Jim Stonehocker, Odom’s Tennessee Pride Sausage Company; Mark Grace, Thinkage; Steven J. Goodfellow, Deibel Laboratories, Inc.; Carl Blackwell, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA); Ken Johnson, NCBA; Peter Bodnaruk, Food Science Australia; and David Meisinger, Ph.D., National Pork Board.

Scheduled session topics include new developments in fabrication techniques for beef and pork cuts and how these technologies can help meet consumer’s needs; insights on recent beef and pork quality audits and benchmarking studies; and a review of current and emerging ingredient technology aimed at improving quality, safety, shelf life and consistency. Plus, during a session on post-processing technologies for enhancing food safety, best practices for validating processes in the plant environment will be reviewed.
During a special Super Session, experts will break down current innovative approaches to reducing pathogens along the ground beef production chain. Case studies will be presented on the marketing and consumer acceptance of irradiated ground beef products in retail and foodservice segments.

The Innovation Showcase provides a forum for viewing new technologies and products for the meat and poultry industry. Featuring more than 150 exhibitors, the Showcase is recognized as the place for innovative industry suppliers to show their latest products and a place for informal business discussions. In addition, the convention features educational tracks including an environment/operations conference, government and public policy conference, management and finance conference and the marketing conference. The Annual Meat Industry Research Conference also will be held October 24 – 26, 2002.

AMI represents the interests of packers and processors of beef, pork, lamb, veal and turkey products and their suppliers throughout North America. Together, AMI's members produce 95 percent of the beef, pork, lamb and veal products and 70 percent of the turkey products in the U.S. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute provides legislative, regulatory, public relations, technical, scientific and educational services to the industry. Its affiliate, the AMI Foundation, is a separate 501(c)3 organization that conducts research, education and information projects for the industry.

For more information contact:
Janet Riley
Vice President, Public Affairs
Josee Daoust
Manager, Public Affairs

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