AMES, Iowa -- A law enacted in 2002 will require grain handlers to more carefully monitor how grains, such as corn and soybeans, are handled from the farm until consumed by humans or animals.
The Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 (also know as the Bioterrorism Act) was signed into law in June 2002. It gives the FDA the responsibility for protecting the nation’s food supply and tracing incidents of adulteration of food by bio-terrorism or natural causes to their source.
This will bring significant changes to the way grain is traced as it moves along the food chain, and may change handling practices. If you are part of that chain, you may want to consider attending Bio-Terrorism Act Grain and Feed session at the Agribusiness Association of Iowa (AAI) Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference, Jan. 10-11, 2006.
FDA officials and Iowa State University (ISU) experts will discuss how record maintenance requirements will affect the commodity based grain flow in Iowa. This session will be held Jan. 11, 9.a.m to noon, Downtown Marriott Hotel, Des Moines.
“We will discuss the responsibilities of registration, record maintenance, detention and security of food as it impacts a grainhandler’s business strategy,” said Howard Shepherd, program coordinator, Iowa Grain Quality Initiative and one of the ISU speakers.
“Record maintenance, the most confusing section of the Act, will be discussed in depth, because it must be part of long-range quality assurance management business strategies. FDA requirements are such that you must know within ‘practical limits’ where shipments of grain initially came from, and where they went,” said Shepherd.
Those attending the AAI Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference will get first choice on attending the bio-terrorism session. The conference is open to AAI members and non-members. More information on the conference is available at http://www.agribiz.org/
If there are extra seats available, those interested in attending the bio-terrorism session, but not attending the conference should send an e-mail to Lisa Klobank at email@example.com. Please include your name, address, phone number and e-mail address. You will be notified if there is space available. There will be a $20 charge for those attending only this session.
Howard Shepherd, Iowa Grain Quality Initiative, (515) 294-3137, firstname.lastname@example.org