The American Feed Industry Association has scheduled two educational webcasts in spring to help feed and pet food industry personnel better understand how to control and manage salmonella.

The first webcast, “Controlling Salmonella in Your Facility,” is scheduled for March 23, 2010, 2-4:30 p.m. EDT. Frank Jones, professor emeritus of the University of Arkansas, and Jarrod Kersey, AFIA pet food committee liaison, will review the practical steps that can be taken to reduce incidences of salmonella in feed, pet food and ingredients facilities.

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The second webcast, “Management Considerations for Salmonella/Microbial Control,” is scheduled for April 22, 2010, 2- 4:30 p.m. EDT. Speakers will include Kersey; a representative from the Food & Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine; and Richard Sellers, AFIA vice president of feed regulation and nutrition. This webcast will review the considerations a manager must take into account in determining salmonella-control policies, such as the FDA’s Reportable Food Registry, sampling and testing, supplier contracts and matters related to potential recalls.