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Harvard Risk Expert George M. Gray Ph.D. Will Speak at October Meat Industry Research Conference

Thursday, August 30, 2001

Washington, DC-George M. Gray Ph.D., acting director of the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis and lead author of a much anticipated bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) risk assessment, will be a featured speaker at the Meat Industry Research Conference (MIRC) October 16-17, 2001, in Chicago at the Palmer House Hilton.

“The Foundation is honored and delighted to have such a well-respected member of the scientific community address MIRC,” AMI Foundation President James Hodges said. “Dr. Gray’s presentation promises to be timely and will touch on an issue of great concern to public health, meat and livestock sectors worldwide.”

Gray is a lecturer on risk analysis at the Harvard School of Public Health and director of the program on Food Safety and Agriculture at the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis. A toxicologist by trade, Gray is a strong proponent of using more and better scientific information in the risk-assessment process.

Gray’s research interests include the interpretation of animal bioassay data for risk assessment, characterization of risk, and the use of risk information in corporate decision making on health, safety and the environment.

To address questions about BSE, USDA in 1998 initiated the Harvard University BSE Risk Assessment through a cooperative agreement with the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis. The risk assessment aims to help USDA evaluate the controls now in place and determine if any more measures are needed to prevent BSE from entering the U.S. livestock herd. The study will evaluate possible ways cattle and humans could be exposed to the BSE agent in the U.S.

MIRC, sponsored by the American Meat Institute Foundation and the American Meat Science Association, is held annually prior to AMI’s International Meat, Poultry and Seafood Industry Convention and Exposition. This year, AMI’s annual convention will be held in conjunction with the 2001 Worldwide Food Expo.

The annual MIRC attracts industry officials responsible for food safety, new product development, regulatory compliance, quality assurance and research and development. To register for MIRC, visit www.MeatAMI.com and go to the AMI Meetings section of the site.

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 organizations 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
Josee Daoust
Manager, Public Affairs

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