8/3/2009 8:18:00 AM

E. coli O157:H7 Conference To Address Fallout From Summer Recalls

Source of Article:  http://www.cattlenetwork.com/Content.asp?ContentID=335345


(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 experts, including:


-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.


Blaise Ouattara, Technical Director, Canadian Meat Council, in a special breakout session on complying with CFIA regulations, who joins previously confirmed speaker John Vatri.


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


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