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AMSA Welcomes Food Safety Net Services to the Sustaining Partners Program

Feb 09, 2016

Media Contact: Deidrea Mabry, dmabry@meatscience.org

American Meat Science Association Welcomes
Food Safety Net Services to the Sustaining Partners Program

FSNSLogoCHAMPAIGN, Ill. (February 9, 2016)  ─ Food Safety Net Services, leader in food safety services, has joined over 30 other companies and institutions as a Sustaining Partner of the American Meat Science Association (AMSA).

For more than 50 years, AMSA has relied on support from partners to maintain its ability to provide community and professional development programs and opportunities for individuals in the field of meat science. AMSA’s Sustaining Partners program recognizes the organizations and institutions that provide significant financial and logistical contributions for the products and services offered by the organization.

Food Safety Net Services has pledged to be a Choice Meat Judging Sponsor in 2016.  At each of the 2016 major AMSA sponsored contests (National Western, Southwestern, Eastern National, Elanco Animal Health American Royal, Cargill High Plains, and International) and also the Houston contest, Food Safety Net Services will be offering a $1000 scholarship to the total contest high individual in both divisions.  Contestants will be eligible for one scholarship, and if the same contestant is top individual more than once, the award will go to the next eligible high individual.

“Meat Judging has been a passion of mine since I was a freshman in High School. After graduation I went on to judge and coach at Texas A&M University under the guidance of Albert Usener and Dr. Gary Smith,” said John Bellinger, CEO of Food Safety Net Services. “Meat Judging opens so many doors to opportunities in life and today, we have many former meat judging team members and coaches at Food Safety Net Services and Agri-West International. It is an honor to be a Sustaining Partner of AMSA and support many of the programs they oversee, I cannot think of a better entry into the meat industry and agriculture.”

“As a science-based service company, Food Safety Net Services is a logical partner for the American Meat Science Association,” said Thomas Powell, AMSA executive director. We share a strong commitment to developing the next generation of meat scientists. And the potential for AMSA's current individual members and the scientists at Food Safety Net Services is tremendous.”

The Sustaining Partnership program enables companies and institutions to acknowledge and further align under a common goal to foster the principles of meat science and technology. Our Sustaining Partners support enhances AMSA programs such as student development, scientific information outreach and building the global network of meat science professionals. The program includes five levels of partnership – Diamond, Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze.

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About AMSA

AMSA fosters community and professional development among individuals who create and apply science to efficiently provide safe and high quality meat defined as red meat (beef, pork and lamb), poultry, fish/seafood and meat from other managed species.

About Food Safety Net Services

Food Safety Net Services (FSNS), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is a national network of ISO 17025 accredited testing laboratories open 24/7, 365 days a year. FSNS provides expert technical resources that assist companies with implementing food safety and quality programs that deliver critical information needed to continually improve process controls. Additional services include GFSI, SQF and PAACO approved auditing and certification capabilities. For more information, visit FSNS.

Social Media

  • @MeatScience: Thanks @Elanco for their support of the meat judging program. They are making a huge difference for these students! #meatjudging
  • @MeatScience: Congratulations to @TexasTech University, Senior Division champs of the American Royal Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest #meatjudging
  • @MeatScience: Congratulations to Fort Scott Community College, American Royal Meat Judging champions for the A-Division #meatjudging
  • @MeatScience: Congratulations Jenna Frink, Colorado State University: High Individual, Senior Division in the American Royal Meat Judging Contest
  • @MeatScience: Congratulations Rachel Gold, Fort Scott Community College: High Individual, A-Division of today's American Royal Meat Judging Contest