The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) will host an Achieving FSIS HACCP Validation Workshop at the 2016 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE), scheduled to take place Jan. 26-28, 2016, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

According to NAMI, this four-hour session will address effective ways small plants can comply with the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Validation Guidance by the April 4, 2016 deadline. Attendees also will learn about strategies to meet FSIS expectations for both scientific support and in-plant validation—two areas that are the focus of the compliance guidelines.

The session will include two presentations by Kerri Gehring, associate professor at Texas A&M University and president and CEO of the International HACCP Alliance, titled “Scientific Support and Determining Critical Parameters” and “Validation Case Studies.” Margaret Hardin, vice president of technical services at IEH Laboratories and Consulting Group, will host the “Establishing In-plant Initial Validation” and “The Role of Microbiological Testing” discussions. Ilene Arnold, senior staff officer for FSIS, will present the agency’s perspective and enforcement methods, while Bob Savage, president of the HACCP Consulting Group, will close the session with a presentation titled “Determining Ongoing Verification and Reassessment.”

The workshop costs $150 for all registered IPPE attendees and will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 26, 2016. For more information about this session, click here. To register to attend IPPE, visit