Safety Committee Update

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Sharing Checkoff-funded Safety Research at the International Association of Food Protection Conference

A roundtable session featuring checkoff-funded antimicrobial resistance (AMR) risk assessment research has been accepted for the International Association of Food Protection Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah on Tuesday, July 10th. The session, “Antimicrobial resistance: current knowledge and steps towards understanding the relative role of food and other resistance sources,” will feature panelists representing the food industry, government and food scientists and is intended to raise awareness about the role of foods in the AMR issue, and propose future steps in prioritizing surveillance, mitigation of AMR risks, and communication around this important issue.

AR 1810-R, Tactic 6A, Safety Research and Scientific Affairs

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BQA Certifications Grow

Since online training modules were relaunched on Feb. 1, 2017, more than 21,000 individuals have become Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certified, and an additional 30,000 have enrolled in the program. The free certification program is tailored to each participant by industry sector and interest and can be completed any time of day, and at one’s own pace. In addition, in November, the BQA program launched the brand new BQA Transportation Training and Certification program, which has already certified more than 700 cattle producers, transporters, and haulers.

AR 1830-II, Tactic 1C, Beef Quality Assurance 

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Antibiotic Stewardship: Collaborative Strategy for Animal Agriculture & Human Health

The Antibiotic Stewardship: Collaborative Strategy for Animal Agriculture & Human Health took place on October 31-November 2, 2017 in Herndon, VA with almost 150 attendees representing stakeholders from across the food supply chain. This included the CDC and FDA (both planning committee members and speakers), retailers, processors, industry, colleges and universities and associations to name a few. And, for the second year in a row, beef producers too! 

AR 1830, Tactic 6A, Symposium Development

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Checkoff Visits the CDC

Producers who participated at the 2017 Antibiotic Stewardship: Collaborative Strategy for Animal Agriculture & Human Health Symposium, (as well as others as shown below) had their follow up trip to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta on March 27 & 28th funded by the Beef Checkoff. The purpose was to continue their dialogue about antimicrobial resistance and the One Health initiative. They had the opportunity to meet, listen and learn from many of the CDC stakeholders, and enjoyed the tour of the CDC’s Emergency Outbreak Center, NARMS Lab and the PulseNet Food Lab Tour too! There is a greater understanding that collaboration is key between human, animal and environmental health in combating resistance.

Following their trip, Joan Ruskamp was interviewed the very next day by Betsy Jibben, national reporter for the Farm Journal Publications/AgDay about her experience at the CDC and what antibiotic stewardship means to her at her feedyard in NE. Please hit control then click or paste this address into your browser:

AR 1831-II, Tactic 6B, Producer Engagement

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Post Harvest Beef Safety Research

In addition to the FY 2018 projects identified below, the Foundation for Meat and Poultry Research and Education (FMPRE) will continue to solicit, evaluate, award and administer research projects in accordance with established protocols.

Project Title:  Maintenance for Literature Review:  Efficacy of Interventions on Pathogens in Processed Meats and Poultry Products.

Organization: University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

This project will update and expand the version one of the tabular summary of references describing antimicrobial interventions that have been tested in processed meat and poultry products.  The key project objective is to provide small and very small establishments with an accessible, searchable, user-friendly tool to help them identify interventions and suitable scientific support to meet HACCP system validation requirements.

Funded jointly with the Foundation for Meat and Poultry Research and Education.

Project Title:  Evaluation of bactericidal effect of phenyllactic acid on STEC in beef products.

Organization: University of Georgia Research Foundation, Athens, GA

The goal of this study is to determine the efficacy of phenyllactic acid, a natural product, as an antimicrobial treatment for elimination of the survival “tail” of foodborne pathogens, including Escherichia coli O157:H7 in beef meat and ground beef.  

Project Title:  Intervention Validation: A Review

Organization: Texas A&M AgriLife Research, College Station, TX

This project will review newly identified and/or published literature that encompass multiple commercially applicable intervention strategies against biological hazards of concern for fresh meat and poultry. 

Funded jointly with the Foundation for Meat and Poultry Research and Education.

Project Title:  Natural ‘green label’ fermentates from lactic acid bacteria to inhibit Listeria monocytogenes and Clostridium sporogenes (spores) on low- and high-fat beef hotdogs.

Organization: Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

This project will evaluate the ability of bacteriocins and lactic acid bacteria to reduce survival of Listeria monocytogenes in high and low fat beef hot dogs as well as their ability to convert celery powder nitrate to nitrite while simultaneously producing the inhibitory bacteriocin(s).


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