Safety Summit Recap
Held annually, the Beef Industry Safety Summit is the premier forum for all beef industry partners, representing each link in the beef production chain, to share knowledge and discuss issues to ensure continued progress toward meeting the industry’s collective safety goals. The 2010 Beef Industry Safety Summit, held March 3-5 in Dallas, included an Issues Update Forum that highlighted the convergence of issues including the environment, sustainability, human nutrition and animal welfare with safety. These issues are affecting consumer attitudes about end product safety and must be addressed to ensure stable consumer confidence in the safety of beef products.
A Pre-harvest Symposium was another highlight of the Summit that allowed attendees the opportunity to discuss the status of interventions, knowledge gaps, research priorities, and communication and education needs on this topic. In addition, attendees participated in technical sessions on traceability, HACCP, validation, retail safety and knowledge gained from recalls.
The Research Update Session gave attendees a first look at recently completed research projects resulting in data that can be implemented immediately throughout the industry. All attendees left with tools and information they can use to continually work to improve beef safety. The 2010 Summit Executive Summary is available at www.bifsco.org.