As consumers, industry professionals, and regulators seek to gain more understanding of how their food is produced, the use of antibiotics in the poultry industry will be the focus of a special conference at the 2013 International Poultry Expo.
The Antibiotics Conference – Current Issues for the Poultry and Egg Industry aims to explore and discuss antibiotic use as viewed from the regulatory and scientific perspective of leading industry experts.
Experts from the United States, Europe, and Latin America will discuss the current use of antibiotics throughout the world, explore the differences in regional perspectives involving antibiotics, investigate how antibiotic use is monitored, and review the current science behind alternatives to antibiotics.
The conference is sponsored by the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association. The registration fee is $150 and will also include admission to the International Production & Processing Expo.
"Animal welfare and the production of a safe food supply are prime concerns for all growers and processors. This conference aims to provide scientific, well-researched antibiotic data from global experts, so that attendees can gain a greater understanding about the risks and benefits," said John Starkey, USPOUTLRY president.
He explained that there are differences in how other regions view antibiotic use.
"We all want the same thing – to ensure that poultry producers can continue to bring safe, nutritional, affordable food to tables across America and the world," Starkey said.
Program topics include:
*Current State of Affairs Regarding Antibiotics – How We Got to Where We Are, How We Currently Use Antibiotics
*Antibiotic Resistance – Science Behind Antibiotic Resistance, How Is It Being Monitored, How Is Data Being Used? Is There a Disconnect Between Use in Animals Compared to Antibiotic Resistance in Humans? Is the Issue Consumer or Government Driven?
*Alternatives to Antibiotics
*Future of Antibiotic Usage – Industry & FDA Perspective
The Antibiotics Conference – Current Issues for the Poultry and Egg Industry program will be on Wednesday, Jan. 30, and Thursday, Jan. 31, from 8-11:30 a.m.
The 2013 IPPE will be Jan. 29-31, 2013, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga. The conference agenda can be viewed at www.ipe13.org.