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Pathogen Control and Regulatory Compliance in Beef Processing Conference

September 9-10, Rosemont, IL

Note: The final attendee list and a link to the presentations will be sent via email after the conference concludes.

Wednesday, September 9th

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Chicago District Government Relations Meeting
10:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Registration (Lunch on your own)
1:00 - 1:10 p.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
1:10 – 1:45 p.m.
Lessons Learned in Pathogen Control
Shawn Stevens, Food Industry Counsel LLC
1:45 – 2:30 p.m.
Introduction of the Beef Safety Manual: A New Tool for Processors
Dr. Kerri Gehring, International HACCP Alliance & Texas A&M University
2:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Best Practices and Beef Industry Food Safety Council (BIFSCo) Update
Dr. Angie Siemens, Cargill, BIFSCo Chair
2:45 - 3:15 p.m.
Break
3:15 – 3:35 p.m.
Research Developments in Salmonella Control
Dr. Rong Wang, USDA Agricultural Research Service
3:35 – 4:00 p.m.
Industry Learning in Salmonella Control
Dr. Angie Siemans, Cargill
4:00 – 4:30 p.m.
The Role of Whole Genome Sequencing in Detection and Investigation of Outbreaks
Dr. Peter Evans, Food & Drug Administration
4:30 - 5:15 p.m.
Regulatory Update of the Food Safety Inspection Service
Rachel Edelstein, USDA FSIS
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Networking Reception and Tabletop Exhibits

Thursday, September 10th

8:00 - 8:45 a.m.
Salmonella and STEC Monitoring Data: Conclusions and Next Steps
Dr. Emilio Esteban, USDA FSIS
8:45 – 9:45 a.m.
FSIS Validation Compliance and Establishing Initial Validation
Dr. Kerri Gehring and Rachel Edelstein
9:45 – 10:15 a.m.
Break
10:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Validation in Raw Processes: Interactive Scenarios and Panel Discussion
Facilitated by Kerri Gehring with Expert Panel
11:30 – 12:00 p.m.
Labeling Issues for Raw Beef
Scott Goltry, North American Meat Institute
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch
1:00 – 1:45 p.m.
Continuous Improvement of Sanitary Dressing Procedures and Downstream Implications
Brenden McCullough, National Beef and Emile Randazzo, Nebraska Beef
1:45 – 2:30 p.m.
Case Studies: High Event Period
Chad Martin, Tyson Foods and Kari Godbey, American Beef Packers, Inc.
2:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Preparing for New Targeted Food Safety Assessments
Dr. Barb Masters, OFW Law
3:00 p.m.
Conference concludes