E. coli O157:H7 Conference To Address Fallout From Summer
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(WASHINGTON, DC) FSIS actions affecting beef further
processors in response to this summer’s high-profile recalls will be a
major focus of the upcoming conference on Prevention of E. coli O157:H7 for Beef Further
Processors, Aug. 18 – 19 at the Four Points by Sheraton hotel near
Chicago’s O’Hare Airport.
Based on discussions last week, FSIS regulators
and others are expected to talk about the impact of this summer’s E. coli related recalls on further
processors, how bench trim should be handled and controlled, and what
practices further processors must put in place to minimize their exposure
in the event of a recall.
This and other issues will be addressed by top
-Dr. Dan Engeljohn, Deputy Assistant
Administrator, USDA FSIS Office of Policy & Program Development, which
is responsible for generating U.S. government regulations on E. coli O157:H7 control.
-Dr. Ken Petersen, Assistant Administrator, USDA
FSIS Office of Field Operations.
-Dr. Jim Marsden, Regent’s Distinguished
Professor of Meat Science at Kansas State University, a recognized E. coli prevention authority.
-Bobby Palesano, Vice President of Technical
Services, International HACCP Alliance.
-Bob Hibbert, Partner, K&L Gates law firm
and authority on USDA regulations.
-Dr. Wendy Warren-Serna, Ph. D., Director of
Technical Services, Food Safety Net Services.
-Dr. Barbara J. Masters, Senior Policy Advisor,
Olsson Frank Weeda law firm and former FSIS Administrator.
-Dr. Suzanne Duquette, National Specialist, Meat
Processing, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, in a special breakout session
for Canadian processors.
Chris O’Neil, Quality Assurance Manager at the
J&B Group; Rob Lacey, Quality Assurance Manager, Byron Center Meats;
and John Vatri, Director of Logistics and QA, Cardinal Meat Specialists; on
real world use of interventions and testing.
Scott Goltry, Vice President of Food Safety and
Inspection Services, American Meat Institute (AMI); Shane Kolle, Director
of Food Safety & Quality Assurance, Tyson Foods, on communicating with
suppliers: tools and strategies.
Technical Director, Canadian Meat Council, in a special breakout session on
complying with CFIA regulations, who joins previously confirmed speaker
FSIS is expected to issue improved instructions
to its workforce soon on how establishments must verify how their beef
handling practices reduce the presence of E. coli O157:H7. FSIS also is
expected to increase its sampling to find this pathogen, focusing largely
on the components that go into making ground beef.
This conference, scheduled just two weeks from
now, is perfectly timed to deliver the latest information about these
actions and how they will impact the meat industry
Full program information and online
registration is available at www.NAMP.com