WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. — The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) announced on Dec. 12 that it is offering a wide range of services for international attendees. The IPPE will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., from Jan. 28 through Jan. 30.

With 20% of attendees coming from outside of the United States, IPPE is a proud partner with the U.S. Department of Commerce as a participant in the International Buyer Program, which recruits thousands of qualified foreign buyers, sales representatives and business partners to U.S. trade shows each year. The Commerce’s Commercial Service will be ready to help attendees enhance their international trade efforts while at IPPE.

IPPE will also offer simultaneous translation of select education sessions. The “Changing Food Safety Landscape” program will be translated into Spanish and Portuguese. The “How to Export Feed & Feed Ingredients to the U.S.” program will be translated into Spanish and Chinese, and the “Biosecurity – Revisiting the Basics and Implementing New Strategies” program will be translated into Spanish.

The Changing Food Safety Landscape program will cover pressing export and international issues and food safety issues, including non O-157 E.coli and Salmonella. The export and international sessions feature an overview of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FMSA) and its impact on businesses, presented by Brian Eyink of Hogan Lovells US LLP, while an International Finance Corporation representative will address the challenges for equipment financing in emerging markets. The food safety sessions include STEC interventions for beef and pork presented by Chad Martin of Tyson Foods, Inc., while Harshavardhan Thippareddi, Ph.D., University of Nebraska, will identify challenges and solutions involving STEC and veal. Reid Harvey, epidemic intelligence service officer, U.S. Centers for Disease Control, will present an epidemiology of Salmonella, while Caleb Lilley of Butterball, LLC, will provide a summary of Salmonella interventions for turkey processing.

The How to Export Feed & Feed Ingredients to the U.S. program includes presentations from both the Agriculture Department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Topics include U.S. Feed/Feed Ingredient Import Trends, APHIS: Exporting Animal and Plant Products to the U.S. and Customs Brokers: Representing Companies not Located in the U.S. Dr. Daniel McChesney from FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine will also present at the event, addressing the timely topic of the FMSA — What Exporters to the U.S. Need to Know.

The Biosecurity — Revisiting the Basics and Implementing New Strategies program will revisit the well-established basics of successful biosecurity plans and explore new strategies for today’s global challenges. The program will feature industry specialists, a panel discussion and a Practical Biosecurity Workshop. Dr. David Shapiro, Perdue, will discuss Real-World Biosecurity Strategies to Minimize or Eliminate Animal Health and Food Safety Risks, and Carl Heeder, Zoetis, will present on Biosecurity Implementation Management: A Real Life Perspective of the Challenges Even the Most Well Written, Comprehensive Programs Face. The panel discussion will address biosecurity perspectives from different regions of the world, and the workshop will look at various scenarios from different countries and develop a model taking into consideration different regions, cultures, etc.

Furthermore, IPPE will offer buyer matching, conference rooms, translation services, import-export counseling and export directories. For more information on international services offered at IPPE, please visit http://www.ippexpo.org/uscomservice/.

To register and view the conference agenda, please visit http://ippexpo.com/.