Conference to focus on E. coli strategies for beef further processors

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By Ann Bagel Storck on 6/4/2009


Industry groups and publications including Meatingplace are teaming up to host the E. coli O157:H7 Conference for North American Beef Further Processors on Aug. 18 and 19 at the Four Points by Sheraton Chicago O'Hare Airport.

The conference is designed for processors who produce ground beef, mechanically tenderized steaks and other non-intact beef products. It will feature new material from top industry experts as well as a technical session on microbiological testing and interventions. The technical session will focus on what testing means, exploring intervention technologies and real world use of interventions and testing. Simultaneous English-Spanish translation will be provided for the entire conference if needed.

The conference also will include special sessions for attendees from Canada and Mexico and general sessions on regulations and risk, such as:

  • FSIS field operations
  • E. coli adulteration and deciphering USDA FSIS policies and regulations
  • Identifying risk and exposure in your process
  • Preparing for a recall: lessons from the past
  • Communicating with suppliers: tools and strategies
  • Lessons learned from E. coli O157:H7 Food Safety Assessments

Organizations involved with the event include the North American Meat Processors Association, the International HACCP Alliance, the American Association of Meat Processors, the American Meat Institute Foundation, the American Meat Science Association, the Canadian Meat Council, the Chicago Mid-West Meat Association, Consejo Mexicano de la Carne (Mexican Meat Council), the Eastern Meat Packers Association, the National Meat Association, the Southeast Meat Association, the Southwest Meat Association, the Eastern Meat Processors Association, the U.S. Meat Export Federation and the Beef Industry Food Safety Council. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety Inspection Service Office of Outreach, Employee Education and Training also is collaborating.

For more information about the conference or to register, visit NAMP's Web site.


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