Top Stories for Jan. 7
EPA, Perdue sign water protection agreement
The company said it is expanding a program started on
Perdue reportedly said its poultry processing facilities will also implement an environmental management system.
Source: Associated Press
Registration open for 2009 Meat Industry Management Conference
The conference will be held at
The organization said that this year’s theme is “Embracing change: lead, follow, or get out of the way!”
The conference will have more than 26 presenters on a variety of topics and will include a mini-conference on E. coli O157:H7 on the day before the conference begins. Presenters include Dr. Dan Engeljohn of the Food Safety and Inspection Service, Ron Krivosik of Levy Restaurants, Scott Lively of Dakota Beef Co., Bill Christenson of Ed Miniat Inc. and NAMP Past President Jon Rocke of the Smithfield RMH Food Group.
Those interested in attending can get more information and register at www.namp.com.
Source: North American Meat Processors Association
FSIS issues notice on E. coli sampling procedures
The new risk-based sampling program reportedly takes into account establishment volume and whether the establishment has had any FSIS or Agriculture Marketing Service positive results within the past 120 days.
Under this program, inspection program personnel can reportedly expect to collect a minimum of four samples and up to 24 samples annually. Known as the MT43 program, it is independent of the MT44 follow-up testing, which results from an establishment being implicated in an E. coli O157:H7-positive production lot.
To view this notice, go to http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISNotices/105-08.pdf.
Source: American Meat Institute