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Worldwide Food Expo Super Session to Feature Conversation with Autistic Animal Handling Expert Temple Grandin, Ph.D.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Book author and leading animal welfare expert Temple Grandin, Ph.D., associate professor of animal science at Colorado State University, will speak about her life with autism and her work in improving animal welfare in the meat and dairy industries during a special "Super Session" at Worldwide Food Expo on Thursday, October 29, 2009 at Chicago's McCormick Place. In addition to Grandin's presentation, Worldwide Food Expo will feature Super Sessions on sustainability and market trends. The Worldwide Food Expo will run through October 31, at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Sponsored by the American Meat Institute (AMI) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), Worldwide Food Expo attracts approximately 20,000 attendees from 100 countries, bringing together decision-makers at all levels of the food and beverage industry, including executives, plant managers, purchasing agents, engineers, researchers and operations managers.

Temple Grandin is the author of several books including the New York Times bestseller Animals In Translation, Animals Make Us Humane: Creating the Best Life for Animals and her latest release The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger's. Grandin is also the subject of a soon to be released HBO Film "Temple Grandin: Thinking in Pictures" in which Claire Danes stars as Grandin. She has also been featured on Prime Time Live, 20/20, the BBC, National Public Radio and numerous other television and radio programs.

This special session will use an interactive format in which Grandin will have a conversation with moderator Janet Riley, AMI senior vice president of public affairs and members services and Animal Welfare Committee coordinator. Following the conversation, Grandin will answer audience questions about animal welfare and autism.
In addition to her teaching position, Grandin consults with the livestock, diary and meat industries about facility design, livestock behavior and animal welfare. She has authored over 300 articles in both scientific journals and livestock periodicals.

Grandin is the author of AMI's groundbreaking 1991 Recommended Animal Handling Guidelines for Meat Packers and the 1997 Good Management Practices for Animal Handling and Stunning, which featured the first ever audit for livestock welfare. The audit has been revised several times over the last decade and has become a global standard.

In addition to the session with Grandin, an exceptional line-up of educational sessions that will showcase food safety and regulation, sustainability and market trends are also on the bill.

The Worldwide Food Expo attracts approximately 900 exhibitors, who display the newest technologies in equipment, packaging, ingredients and services for processors of dairy, meat, frozen food, beverages, snack foods, poultry and seafood. Food and beverage professionals attend Worldwide Food Expo to find solutions spanning the entire manufacturing process - from receiving and blending to processing and packaging to material handling and distribution. Attendees have the opportunity to view more than 1.2 million square feet of exhibits offering everything that food and beverage companies need to run more efficiently, create new products and improve profitability.

For more information on Worldwide Food Expo 2009, please visit www.worldwidefood.com.


The American Meat Institute (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 United States. The Institute provides legislative, regulatory, public relations, technical, scientific and educational services to the meat and poultry packing and processing industry. www.meatinstitute.org

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), Washington, D.C., represents the nation's dairy manufacturing and marketing industries and their suppliers, with a membership of 550 companies representing a $110-billion a year industry. IDFA is composed of three constituent organizations: the Milk Industry Foundation (MIF), the National Cheese Institute (NCI) and the International Ice Cream Association (IICA). IDFA's 220 dairy processing members run more than 600 plant operations, and range from large multi-national organizations to single-plant companies. Together they represent more than 85 percent of the milk, cultured products, cheese and frozen desserts produced and marketed in the United States. IDFA can be found online at www.idfa.org.


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