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CORRECTION TO RELEASE: AMIF Announces Allergen Control Conference

Thursday, September 8, 2005

(The initial release should have noted that the conference is being held in cooperation with Food Allergy Research and Resource Program (FARRP) and Bodendorfer Johnson LLC, and should not have identified them as "co-hosts." Also, brief descriptions of both groups are now included at the bottom, with links to their websites.)

The AMI Foundation, in cooperation with the Food Allergy Research and Resource Program (FARRP) and Bodendorfer Johnson Inc., announced its first ever Allergen Control Conference for the Meat and Poultry Industry. The Conference will be held on December 6 and 7, 2005 at the Crowne Plaza O’Hare in Chicago.

This conference will cover the basics of food allergen issues, new regulatory developments and validation testing. Attendees will learn the latest on:
 Protecting food-allergic consumers from allergens,
 Strategies used by others in the industry (GMPs, scheduling, procurement policies, label control, validating changeover sanitation, implementing an allergen control program),
 Addressing allergens in new product development and product reformulation,
 Developing and implementing allergen control programs,
 The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA),
 Lessons about legal considerations,
 Lessons from allergen-related recalls,
 Working better with your ingredient suppliers,
 Allergen detection methods.

Confirmed speakers include Sue Hefle, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Co-Director, Food Allergy Research and Resource Program, University of Nebraska, Jennifer Johnson, Ph.D., Principal, Bodendorfer & Johnson LLC, Jack Cappozzo, Manager of Analytical Chemistry ConAgra, and Chris Bodendorfer, Principal, Bodendorfer-Johnson, LLC.

The one and a half-day workshop will cost $595 for AMI members and $695 for non-members. Members registering in groups of three or more will receive a further discounted rate of $495. Conferences attendees may also reserve rooms at the host Crowne Plaza Hotel for the discounted group rate of $129 per night.

The University of Nebraska's Food Allergy Research and Resource Program ( http://www.farrp.org ) is a food industry and university partnership that was formed to provide research and resource tools to the food industry. It is the worldwide leader in training and educating the food industry on allergen awareness.

Bodendorfer Johnson, LLC ( http://www.foodintegrity.net ) is a food safety consulting firm in Glendale, Wisconsin. The company assists food manufacturers, distributors, and chain accounts in developing and implementing allergen control programs and other food safety programs.

Interested parties can get more information at: http://www.meatinstitute.org/Template.cfm?Section=Events_Education&template=ConferenceDescription.cfm&ConferenceID=66

For more information contact:
David Ray
Vice President, Public Affairs
Janet Riley
Sr. Vice President, Public Affairs

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