To provide the latest information on pre-harvest food safety practices to the poultry industry, the North American Meat Processors Association (NAMP) is partnering with the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), the National Chicken Council (NCC), Auburn University and the University of Georgia to host a major conference at the International Poultry Exposition (IPE) in January. 

This conference will be one of the most thorough explorations into the poultry pre-harvest arena that has ever been conducted, so attendees will find it relevant regardless of other similar events they may have attended previously.

The program, which covers all aspects of pre-harvest food safety efforts, will consist of two half-day sessions on Jan. 25 – 26, 2012, during the IPE at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. 

All registered Expo attendees are eligible to attend the conference for an additional $150.

As FSIS continues to focus on reduction of Salmonella and Campylobacter in poultry processing, regulators and industry alike are looking for methods to control these pathogens in the pre-harvest environment.

The January conference brings regulators and researchers together with experts from the poultry industry, and the allied industries that serve them, to discuss the known and unknown issues associated with the control of food borne pathogens in pre-harvest operations.

Program highlights for the January conference include:

-          Updates from both FSIS and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

-          Discussion of Salmonella control in primary breeding operations as well as recommended best practices for broilers and young turkeys

-          Use of commercial vaccines and autogenous vaccines

-          Environmental impacts of on-farm interventions for Salmonella

-          Poultry industry concerns and initiatives

-          Current trends in antibiotic use

-          Industry assessment of Salmonella and Campylobacter on the farm

-          Results of pre-harvest industry survey

This event complements the highly successful 2011 Salmonella and Campylobacter Reduction Conference which drew more than 400 registrants. 

For further information and to register, go to:

Source: NAMP