Meat Industry Research Conference

For over 50 years the Meat Industry Research Conference, cosponsored by the American Meat Science Association and the American Meat Institute, has served as a forum for presenting the latest meat production research in terms of direct application for the industry.

The Meat Industry Research Conference program planning committee, chaired by Dr. Andrzej Sosnicki (PIC North America), has put together an intriguing set of symposia for members who are interested in updates on the latest economic trends and meat science research. The biennial gathering attracts over 200 scientists and technical specialists from industry and academia and is held in conjunction with the World Wide Food Expo in Chicago, Illinois.

Topic Areas

Tuesday, October 27

Session 1: New Economic Reality

Moderator: Andrzej Sosnicki, Ph.D., Director, Performance Validation, PIC North America

  • New Economic Reality: The U.S. and Global Consumer
    Speaker: Charlie Arnot, CEO, The Center for Food Integrity
  • New Economic Reality: Meat Industry Economic Outlook
    Speaker: Pending
  • Technical Developments for a Sustainable Meat Industry
    Speaker: Scott Eilert, Ph.D., VP, Directory, Meat Technology Development Cargill Meat Solutions

Session 2: Value Enhancement Opportunities for the Meat Industry

Moderators: Ron Jenkins. Application Specialist/Technical Sales. Red Arrow Products Company LLC and Jim Lamkey, Applications Manager, Symrise

  • Improving the Value of Fresh Meat
    Speaker: Chris Calkins, Ph.D., Professor of Animal Science, University of Nebraska
  • Global Strategies for New Ingredients
    Speaker: Jesper Kampp, Director, Meat Applications for Europe, Danisco
  • New Formulation and Processing Technology for Value Enhancement
    Speaker: Brian Smith, Ph.D. JR White
  • Smart Choices Program: Adding Value for the Consumer
    Speaker: Pending

Session 3: Reducing Pathogens and Improving Food Safety

Moderator: Betsy Booren, Ph.D., Director of Scientific Affairs, American Meat Institute Foundation

  • Improving Food Safety: Research Needs
    Speaker: Martin Wiedemann, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Cornell University
  • Food Safety Regulatory Initiatives
    Speaker: Pending
  • Food Safety Risk Assessments
    Speaker: Janell Kause, Director, Risk Assessment Division, USDA, Food Safety and Inspection Service (Invited)
  • Food Safety at the Deli: Listeria monocytogenes
    Speaker: Pending

Wednesday, October 28 (am Only)

Session 4: Quality Systems Management Tools

Moderator: Justin Ransom, Ph.D.,  Director, Quality Systems and Regulatory Affairs, OSI Industries LLC

  • Global Food Safety Initiative 
    Speaker: Bryan Farnsworth, Ph.D., Hormel Corporation
  • Implementing Standards 
    Speakers: BRC and SQF Representatives
  • Implement Standards in the Meat Industry
    Speaker: Holly Mockus, Sr. Mgr., Food Safety, Sara Lee Foods

Session 5: Broadening of the International Marketplace: Research and Development Needs of the U.S. Meat Exporters

Moderator: Courtney Heller, USMEF and Megan L. McMichael, Food Scientist, Cargill Meat Solutions

  • Chilled/Frozen Export Markets
    Speaker: Courtney Heller, USMEF
  • Working with China: Ingredients Technologies
    Speaker: Pending
  • Value-added Export Opportunities 
    Speaker: Pending

*Speakers and program subject to change without prior notice.*


The program is held in conjunction with the WorldWide Food Expo at the McCormick Place in Chicago.  The registration fee for the Meat Industry Research Conference is $75 with registration for the World Wide Food Expo.

To register online www.worldwidefoodexpo.com/register. Early registration ends September 16, 2009.  For more information about the MIRC agenda contact: Marie D. Ternieden, Ed.D.,mternieden@meatami.com or 202-587-4228.

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