The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) announced it will host the “Achieving FSIS HACCP Validation Workshop” at the 2016 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE), scheduled to take place January 26-28, 2016, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. This four-hour session will address effective ways small and very small plants can comply with the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Validation Guidance by the April 4, 2016, deadline.  Attendees also will learn about strategies to meet FSIS expectations for both scientific support and in-plant validation—two areas that are the focus of the compliance guidelines. 

The session will include two presentations by Kerri Gehring, Ph.D., associate professor, Texas A&M University, and president and CEO, International HACCP Alliance, titled “Scientific Support and Determining Critical Parameters” and “Validation Case Studies.” Margaret Hardin, Ph.D., vice president, technical services, IEH Laboratories and Consulting Group, will host the “Establishing In-plant Initial Validation” and “The Role of Microbiological Testing” discussions.  Dr. Ilene Arnold, senior staff officer, FSIS, will present the agency’s perspective and enforcement methods, while Bob Savage, president, HACCP Consulting Group, will close the session with a presentation titled “Determining Ongoing Verification and Reassessment.” 

The workshop, which costs $150 for all registered IPPE attendees, will be held from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. on January 26, 2016. For more information about this session, click here. To register to attend IPPE, visit        

Source: IPPE