Animal Traceability will be Hot Topic at Upcoming Conference

Traceability from farm to fork is becoming more important. ( National Pork Board )

Producers, industry representatives, and others in animal agriculture will discuss the diverse components of traceability at the 2018 National Institute for Animal Agriculture Conference.

The 2018 NIAA Annual Conference, themed Livestock Traceability: Opportunities for Animal Agriculture, will be held in Denver, Colorado at the Renaissance Stapleton Hotel, April 10 and 11, with a follow-up workshop on April 12.

Thomas Burke, a food traceability scientist at the Global Food Traceability Center of the Institute of Food Technologists, will address “One Health, Traceability and Emerging Technologies.” He believes the concept of merging animal agriculture's needs with One Health and public health priorities will help bridge the gap between animal traceability and food safety.

“I want participants to come away understanding that while new technologies seem complex, they are just new iterations of existing systems and relationships,” Burke said in a news release from NIAA. He will be one of the closing plenary session speakers at the upcoming 2018 NIAA Annual Conference. 

“One Health principles require a responsibility to animal health, human health and the environment,” Burke said in the release. “We need to connect the scientific perspectives of animal health to the broader world of public health in food systems.

He also plans to talk about emerging technologies, like Blockchain, and how it relates to food safety.

“Technology helps us to adapt to new market demands and maintain food safety in the supply chain,” he said. “All of these technologies provide avenues for increased trust and ways to protect your business.”

He notes the growing consumer demand for sourcing information as well as safety and says there are technologies that can solve some of the intractable challenges of meeting these requirements. Still evolving, the technology is promising, he says, and there is potential to have greater security and collaboration throughout the whole supply chain.

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