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FSIS Administrator Garry L. McKee Will Speak at AMI Convention Breakfast

Thursday, September 26, 2002

Washington, DC— New Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Administrator Garry L. McKee, Ph.D., will dialogue with industry representatives at a special session October 25 during the American Meat Institute’s 2002 Annual Convention and Innovation Showcase in New Orleans.

As part of the educational opportunities offered at the Annual Convention, meat industry representatives will be able to meet and speak with McKee, who represents perhaps the most influential regulatory agency in the daily operations of meat and poultry plants.

McKee, appointed in July, came to USDA from the Wyoming Department of Health where he served as the director and cabinet secretary. His experience also includes 19 years as the chief of the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s public health laboratory and two years as its director of sanitary bacteriology.

Since 1992, McKee has been a Lt. Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service Reserve. He also serves as a member of the National Public Health Anti-Terrorism Preparedness Task Force with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and has been a consultant to the Pan American Health Organization on development of laboratory training in Mexico and Guatemala. McKee received his B.S. in biology from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He received Masters degrees in public health and environmental science and a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Oklahoma.

McKee’s presentation is part of a special breakfast session with three other USDA administrators: Donna Reifschneider, administrator of USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA); A. Ellen Terpstra, administrator of Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) and A.J. Yates, administrator of the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).

The “Super Session: Coffee and Beignet with the Administrators” will be held Friday, October 25, 2002, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Breakfast will be served first followed by presentations from the administrators.

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 offers educational opportunities including an environment/operations, government and public policy, management and finance and marketing conferences. 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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