WASHINGTON, March 14, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Pork Board is joining with Atlantic Media to bring together key leaders and discuss the challenge of responsible antibiotic use in the 21st century. The forum will include remarks from key stakeholders, from farmers to physicians, on what is being done to address concerns of antibiotics resistance. The U.S. pork industry is committed to ensuring responsible antibiotic use in animals to protect the efficacy of antibiotics in humans.
Media outlets are invited to attend the forum, to watch it via webcast if unable to participate in person, and to speak with pork representatives about how the industry is continuously changing its practices to address these concerns.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
8:00 a.m. – Guest arrival and networking breakfast
8:30 a.m. – Program begins
10:30 a.m. – Program concludes; media availability
Knight Broadcast Studio
555 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20001
- Beth Bell, MD – Director, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Georges Benjamin, MD – Executive Director, American Public Health Association
- Steve Clemons – Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic
- Christine Daugherty, Ph.D – Vice President, Sustainable Food Production, Tyson Foods
- Barry I. Eisenstein, M.D. – Distinguished Physician, Antimicrobials, Merck
- Wanda Filer, MD – President, American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
- William T. Flynn, D.V.M., M.S. – Deputy Director for Science Policy, Center for Veterinary Medicine, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- Susan Vaughn Grooters – Policy Analyst, Keeping Antibiotics Working
- Christine Hoang, DVM – Assistant Director of the Division of Animal and Public Health, American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
- Kathy Talkington – Project Director, Antibiotic Resistance Project, Pew Charitable Trust
The following representatives of the U.S. pork industry will be available to discuss the change occurring on farms to reduce the need for antibiotics. Please contact us to schedule time with one of these representatives following the forum as well as phone or in-person interviews at other times.
- Brad Greenway, livestock and grain farmer, Mitchell, South Dakota
- Dr. H. Morgan Scott, veterinary epidemiologist and professor, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, Texas A&M University
- Dr. Liz Wagstrom, chief veterinarian, National Pork Producers Council
- John Johnson, chief operating officer, National Pork Board
To learn more about the forum, including to register to attend in person, please visit:
To watch the forum live via webcast, and to learn more about the U.S. pork industry's efforts, please visit: http://www.porkcares.org/live
The National Pork Board has responsibility for Checkoff-funded research, promotion and consumer information projects and for communicating with pork producers and the public. Through a legislative national Pork Checkoff, pork producers invest $0.40 for each $100 value of hogs sold. Importers of pork products contribute a like amount, based on a formula. The Pork Checkoff funds national and state programs in advertising, consumer information, retail and foodservice marketing, export market promotion, production improvement, science and technology, swine health, pork safety and sustainability and environmental management.
For information on Checkoff-funded programs, pork producers can call the Pork Checkoff Service Center at (800) 456-7675 or check the Internet at www.pork.org.
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SOURCE The National Pork Board