Sponsored by The American Meat Institute, registration is now available for meat and poultry processing facility tours as part of the 2014 International Processing & Production Expo (IPPE). IPPE attendees can tour a beef or poultry processing facility and learn from first-hand experience at either the Birchwood Foods’ facility in Norcross, Ga., or the Tyson Foods’ facility in Cumming, Ga.

Attendees will get an up-close look at food safety processes and worker safety initiatives through a comprehensive tour of the processing plants. A question and answer session with plant staff, exclusive for attendees, will follow the tour. Limited space is available, and processor attendees must be 18 years or older to participate.

The 2014 IPPE, the world's largest annual poultry, feed, and meat industry events, will be held from Jan. 28-30, 2014, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga. The tours will take place simultaneously on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 from 12 p.m.  – 5 p.m., and the registration fee is $99.

The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) also has announced an Antibiotic Use in the Meat and Poultry Industry workshop that will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga., from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. The workshop is sponsored by The American Meat Institute, and the registration fee is $150 per attendee.

 The workshop will include sessions on the CDC Antibiotics Resistance Report, Principles of Judicious Use of Antibiotics in the Livestock and Poultry Industry, Antibiotic Resistance in Veterinary Medicine and Perspectives and Marketing of Consumers and Antibiotic Use. Featured speakers will include Randall Singer, DVM, Ph.D., associate professor of epidemiology for the University of Minnesota, and Danette Amstein, principal for Midan Marketing.

In addition to the workshop on antibiotic use, IPPE is offering a free educational session on traceability featuring Philip Crandall, Ph.D., professor, University of Arkansas, and Brian D. Adam, Ph.D., professor, Oklahoma State University.  The workshop will cover traceability best practices and new technology.

To view the workshop agenda, click here. For more information about the plant tours, click here. To register, go to www.ippexpo.org.

Source: IPPE