“Sustainability is about thinking globally. Responsibility is about what happens locally within your operations,” said Jim Perdue, chairman of the board of directors for Perdue Farms, during his opening remarks at USPOULTRY’s 2013 Poultry Processor Workshop held at the Embassy Suites Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, GA. During his presentation on Sustainability: Social Responsibility/Managing Packaging Wastes, Perdue stressed that the concept of sustainability is wrapped around providing the world with a nutritious product that is safe, affordable, accessible to the consumer, and is produced in a way that respects the earth, animals, and people with the understanding that it does not necessarily cost you more money to do this.
Dr. Ashley Peterson, vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs for the National Chicken Council, provided a Regulatory Update on Salmonella and Campylobacter. She focused on regulations related to the poultry slaughter rule, chicken parts baseline, activities within the NARMS program, the HACCP Reassessment Notice, and FDA activities at hatcheries. Peterson noted that there seems to be more regulation in recent history, commenting that government agencies are feeling pressure from consumers, consumer groups and industry. As a result of this pressure, more regulations are occurring.
In his presentation on Yield: Back to Basics…What Does It Mean in Dollars and Cents?, Kevin Ingram, quality assurance manager with Koch Foods, remarked that yield is an area that is often overlooked or misunderstood. He provided various scenarios reflecting how much yield is worth and where it can be found within the poultry production process. Ingram commented that “everyone can make an impact on yield, and it is very important that we give it our full attention.”
Other topics included: Further Processing: Marination 101 and Breading; Controlling Foreign Material: Challenges in Rendering and Animal Feeds and New Innovation; The Impact of Leadership on Employee Retention; Animal Welfare…Combating the Public’s Perception; and GFSI Audits: Root Cause Analysis.
U.S. Poultry & Egg Association is an all-feather organization representing the complete spectrum of today's poultry industry, with a focus on progressively serving member companies through research, education, communication, and technical assistance. Founded in 1947, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association is based in Tucker, GA.