The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) is the world’s largest annual poultry, meat and feed industry event of its kind, and this year, it’s expected to bring together more than 1,100 exhibitors, over 25,000 attendees and feature more than 5,456 international visitors from over 124 countries at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta Jan. 27-29. IPPE_IN

IPPE is a conglomerate of the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), Tucker, Ga.; American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), Arlington, Va.; and the American Meat Institute (AMI), Washington, D.C.  

IPPE 2015 will display technology, equipment, supplies and services used in the production and processing of eggs, meat and poultry and those involved in feed manufacturing.

The show kicks off with the International Poultry Scientific Forum, held Jan. 26-27. Sponsored by the Southern Poultry Science Society, the Southern Conference on Avian Diseases and USPOULTRY, this forum presents information on industry topics such as environmental management, nutrition, physiology, pathology, processing and products and avian diseases.

New to the show is the Worker Safety Considerations: Equipment Design, Installation & Operation workshop, which will address manufacturer design considerations, new equipment installation and pre-startup safety procedures, machine guarding, lock out and other important safety issues.

The Pork 101 Workshop will cover quality and consistency issues in the pork industry, providing insight on value differences in swine, pork carcasses, pork primals and processed pork products due to quality variation, while the Biosecurity: PEDv and Foot & Mouth Disease program will discuss the biosecurity challenges posed by the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) and Hand, Foot and Mouth disease.

The Pork Tech Theater program will discuss the latest developments in the international pig industry, addressing group housing of pregnant sows, a PEDv research update and a future without antibiotics.

The Market Intelligence Forum will identify key issues facing the poultry industry and provide understanding into how domestic and international poultry industries are positioned to move forward in 2015, while the U.S.–EU Free Trade Negotiations program will examine the current state of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations between the United States and the European Union.

The Antibiotic Use in the Meat and Poultry Industry sessions will give attendees a scientific look at the complexities of antibiotic use in the meat and poultry industry, while the Sanitary Design program will take some of the key lessons from ready-to-eat sanitation best practices and teach attendees how to apply them in a fresh/raw setting.

The Worker Safety & HR Issues for the Meat and Poultry Industry session will address key issues facing the industry, including employee retention and rising health care and insurance costs, as well as topics related to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the regulatory environment.

The Validation Workshop program will feature a practical discussion of validation best practices, including discussions related to implementation and application, while the Best New Products sessions will highlight product development and new products of 2015.

The Dietary Guidelines Update and FDA Labeling Update forum will review how potential government proposals may impact the health profile and marketing of meat and poultry products.

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Don't forget to swing by Refrigerated & Frozen Foods' booth, #402.