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E. coli Conference Aug. 17-18 in Chicago

Published: Aug 05, 2011
USMEF is one of a dozen meat industry organizations partnering with NAMP, FSIS, and six trade media outlets to host the E. coli Conference for North American Beef Further Processors - focusing on issues such as interventions, non-O157 STECs, regulations and sampling. The conference will take place Aug. 17-18 at the Four Points by Sheraton near Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. The Beef Industry Food Safety Council (BIFSCo) is supporting the conference, with the USDA-FSIS Office of Outreach, Employee Education, and Training also collaborating.

The conference, designed for processors who produce ground beef, mechanically tenderized steaks and other non-intact beef products, will feature the very latest information about the most challenging topics beef processors are facing today. Speakers include:

• Dr. Dan Engeljohn, Deputy Assistant Administrator, USDA FSIS Office of Policy & Program Development, on validation and E. coli policies.
• Dr. Jim Marsden, Regent's Distinguished Professor of Meat Science at Kansas State University, on non-O157 STECs and processing interventions.
• Dr. Mohammad Koohmaraie, CEO of the Meat Division at IEH Laboratories, on laboratory methods and prevalence of non-O157 STECs.
• Dr. Barb Masters, Senior Policy Advisor at Washington D.C.'s OFW Law on sampling and preventing recalls.
• Dr. Kerri Harris, President, International HACCP Alliance, on addressing interventions in HACCP Plans, and non-intact steaks.

Registration fee for the two-day conference is $549 for USMEF members and its partner organizations, $649 for non-members. Please visit to register.