NATIONAL MEAT ASSOCIATION h 1970 Broadway, Suite 825, Oakland, CA 94612
Edited by Brent A. Langman
Date March 5, 2003
GILLETT FINAL FEATURED SPEAKER
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON EVENTS…
1:30pm-3:00pm – NMA Annual Meeting
Guest speaker: George N. Gillett, Jr., Chairman, Booth Creek Management Corp.
3:00pm-5:30pm – AMSA/NMA Meat Science Conference
8:00am-12:00am – AMSA/NMA Meat Science Conference
GILLETT SLATED AS ANNUAL MEETING SPEAKER
Don’t miss today’s NMA Annual Meeting at 1:30pm. The featured speaker will be George Gillett Jr., chairman of Booth Creek Management. Gillett will share his practical experience gained as manager of various meat companies and his vision for Swift & Co.
The NMA Annual Meeting will also include a state-of-the-industry/state-of-the-association report from NMA President Ted Miller, E.A. Miller, Hyrum, UT. Association business, committee actions, and a presentation of the officers and directors nominated for 2003-2004 terms will also take place at this afternoon meeting, along with presentation of the E. Floyd Forbes Award to Dr. Robert Vance.
SCIENCE CONFERENCE TO EXPLORE INTERVENTIONS
The year’s science conference will focus on “Science-Based Strategies for Producing Safe Raw Meat Products.” At various sessions, experts will explore the most current technology that can enhance food safety in the United States. Food-safety experts are scheduled to discuss cutting-edge pathogen intervention strategies such as carcass rinses, acidified sodium chlorite and peroxyacetic acid technologies, suggested by some as “proactive inhibitors,” ozonated water and irradiation.
The science conference is held in cooperation with the American Meat Science Association. Sessions start immediately after the NMA Annual Meeting today, and continue through 12:00pm Thursday.
HARRIS HONORED WITH PROFESSIONAL AWARD
Dr. Kerri Harris, executive director of the International HACCP Alliance and professor at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, was awarded the NMA Professional Award for 2003. Harris was cited as an excellent educator, scientist, wife and mother. As director of the International HACCP Alliance, Harris has dedicated herself to improving the industry, helping producers, packers and processors develop systems to produce safer meat products.
At the tenth annual NMA Sausagefest, Hempler B.B. Meat & Sausage Co., Inc., Bellingham, WA, was awarded the prestigious “Hold the Mustard” award for their “German Brand Smoked Sausage.” The Sausagefest is sponsored by Morehouse Foods, Inc., San Francisco, CA. Now in its tenth year, the Sausagefest has evolved into NMA’s annual social gathering for members of the industry to mix, mingle and eat wonderful sausage.
Keeping current on all of the supplies and products available to help operate a meat processing plant can be taxing. At NMA’s MEATXPO ‘03, processors have all the industry suppliers at hand to meet their needs. This year’s event features 15 new exhibitors. If you haven’t done so, please stop and visit with the exhibitors to see what they’re offering. It’s the suppliers who make this meeting possible. In addition, the may have a solution for a problem at your facility.
WASHINGTON VISIT SCHEDULED
Members of NMA will be descending on legislators in our nation’s capital from April 8-10, 2003. The Spring Meeting in Washington D.C., is an opportune time to get to know your members of Congress and other key industry leaders. This year, NMA members will be joined by leaders of the Southwest Meat Association. Rooms have been reserved at the Metro Center Marriott located at 775 12th Street N.W., Washington D.C. To attend or for more information, contact Maeva Herbert at the NMA offices.
BADGER STATE TO HOST 2003 SUMMER MEETING
Get your calendars out and start making plans now to venture east for NMA’s 2003 Summer Board Meeting. This year’s meeting, the first east of the Mississippi River, will be held at the Grand Geneva Resort in Geneva, WI, Aug. 20-23.
QUOTE OF THE DAY…
“The participants in the MEATXPO have 90 percent of what I need for my plant. At other shows, I spend a majority of my time finding the 10 percent of exhibitors who have what I’m looking for.”
-- Jim Maxey, President, Fresno Meat Co.