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Country of Origin Labeling Session at AMI's Annual Convention Will Cover Basics of New Mandate

Friday, August 16, 2002

Washington, DC—USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Deputy Administrator Barry L. Carpenter will lead a timely and informative session on country of origin labeling requirements during the American Meat Institute’s (AMI) Annual Convention and Innovation Showcase in New Orleans October 24 – 26, 2002.

The session, titled “Debate in Progress: Country of Origin Labeling Requirements,” is scheduled for 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Saturday October 26, 2002. The requirement for identifying the country of origin of some meat and poultry products was passed in the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002.

Carpenter will give an overview of the requirements of the new mandate and the operational impact of those requirements. The limitations of existing systems for trace back and the on-going debate over its relevance and support throughout the food supply chain also will be highlighted.

The AMI Annual Convention and Innovation Showcase provides a forum for viewing new technologies and products for the meat and poultry industry. Featuring more than 200 exhibitors, the Showcase is recognized as the place for innovative industry suppliers to feature innovative new products. In addition, the convention features separate educational conferences including environment/operations, government and public policy, management and finance and marketing. The Annual Meat Industry Research Conference also will be held October 24 – 26, 2002.

New Orleans provides a colorful venue for the 2002 AMI Annual Convention and Innovation Showcase. The city, nestled in the “crescent” of the Mississippi River, boasts 35,000 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, more than 3,000 restaurants and more than 300 years of history, art and music.

For more information on the 2002 AMI Annual Convention, please call AMI’s Convention Department at 703-841-2400 or visit www.MeatAMI.com.

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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