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Panel Will Discuss Irradiation, Other Pathogen Reduction Strategies at Meat Industry Research Conference

Thursday, September 19, 2002

Washington, DC—An internationally recognized irradiation expert will join retailers, foodservice operators and a leading animal scientist in examining irradiation and other pathogen reduction strategies for ground beef at a panel discussion during the Meat Industry Research Conference (MIRC) in New Orleans, LA, October 24 – 26, 2002.

Internationally recognized irradiation expert Morton Satin and University of Arkansas researcher Fred W. Pohlman, Ph.D., will take a close look at the status of various up-and-coming pathogen reduction strategies as well as irradiation of ground beef products. Satin, executive director of the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association, will emphasize the tradeoffs between microbial inactivation and maintaining product quality attributes. He also is expected to share insights into consumer acceptance of the technology. Pohlman will provide an overview of recently completed research on microbial interventions for beef trim.

Satin has received international recognition for his work in the United Nations focusing on the role and impact of agribusiness on economic development. Recently, Satin was named executive director of the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IAMU) and invited to be an adjunct professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics Texas A & M University.

Pohlman, an assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Arkansas, has focused his research on meat processing, meat quality and food safety.

Also on the panel are Jeanne Colleluori, communications specialist at Wegman’s Food Markets Inc., Kathleen O’Donnell, corporate food safety specialist at Wegman’s Food Markets Inc., and Glenn Lindsey, vice president of research and development at Dairy Queen. Panel members will present case studies on marketing and consumer acceptance of irradiated ground beef products in retail and foodservice segments. Wegman’s and Dairy Queen are among the growing number of establishments offering consumers irradiated ground beef products.

The session, titled “A New Look at Ground Beef Pathogen Reduction and Irradiation,” will be held Saturday, October 26, 2002, from 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. Kevin Nanke, director of product applications for SureBeam Corporation, will moderate the session.

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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