Sponsored by U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, the New Approaches to Ground Pathogen Reduction program will be held January 28 - 29, 2014, during the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. This important program will bring together industry, academic, government and consumer representatives to discuss current interventions and explore new approaches to pathogen reduction. The two-day program is $150 for registered IPPE attendees.

The program will feature an overview of the state of poultry inspection today and changes needed to impact public health presentation by Dr. Richard Raymond, former U.S. Department of Agriculture undersecretary for food safety. Christine Summers, director of food safety and quality assurance for Costco, will also present on poultry food safety management in retail. Other topics include current on-farm / in-plant interventions that have caused a positive impact in Salmonella reduction; ground poultry food safety across the supply chain; developing research and interventions for Salmonella control; and alternative measurements to consider.

A panel discussion on alternatives to make a positive impact on public health will be held on January 28. The following panelists are scheduled for the event: Mike Robach, vice president of corporate food safety and regulatory affairs, Cargill; Dr. Barbara Kowalcyk, CEO and director of research, The Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention; Dr. David Goldman, chief medical officer, USDA FSIS; and Dr. Robert Tauxe, deputy director, CDC Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases.