This week a biennial pork safety conference, Safe Pork 2013, wrapped up in Portland, Maine, bringing together representatives of several pork production and processing groups and researchers to exchange information on food safety.
Participants in the conference represented all major international pork-producing regions. Swine-related manufacturers, veterinarians, transport companies and meat processors also attended. The meeting ran from Sept. 9-12.
"This meeting brings together many of the best researchers in the world who make pork safety their everyday job," said Dr. Steve Larsen, Pork Checkoff's director of pork safety. "It's gratifying to see the collaboration that this event fosters to advance the international pork industry's knowledge in this critical area of research."
The conference includes a review of evolving research in areas including on-farm pathogens, residues and environmental hazards. Participants are also updated on the various national and regional regulations and governmental statutes that can affect the use of production inputs, the Checkoff said.
It is unique in that it focuses on emerging emphasis areas and bridges the gap between local, state and international entities.
"It's been great to network with some of the world's foremost experts in pork safety," National Pork Board president Karen Richter noted Thursday. "I'm very proud that the Pork Checkoff plays a role in making this meeting happen because there's no greater priority to our consumers than keeping pork safe and wholesome."
The program has been presented every two years for 10 years. It originated in Ames, Iowa, and has since been held in the Netherlands, Canada and a host of other international locations.
Safe Pork 2015 is to be held in Oporto, Portugal.