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AAMP to Launch Redesigned Website

web-developmentOver the next several months, AAMP will be working with a web development company to redesign the current www.aamp.com site.

AAMP will be working with Pennsylvania-based design company Mile 6 to create a modern, visual and exciting new look to the website. In addition, the site will be optimized to allow for easy viewing on tablet and smartphone devices.

“The new website will be responsive and mobile-friendly, and include clearer ways of finding information and intuitive use of sub-menus, says AAMP Executive Director Chris Young.

It will also include calls to action encouraging visitors to join, and will make it clear which resources are free to view and which are for members, to highlight the benefits of joining AAMP, added Young.

An important function of AAMP’s website is the ability to gain access to the exclusive information on the member-only side of the site. With the redesign, the information will be laid out in a more accessible and easy-to-read format. Members will also be able to connect with each other easily with a newly enhanced directory.

Diana Dietz, AAMP’s communications manager, hopes the new website will allow AAMP to form better connections with the association’s members.

“We are long overdue for a redesign that reflects the work we do day-to-day,” she says. “AAMP exists to support small and very small meat processing plants so that they may prosper. Our key objective for the new site is to encourage our members to feel a strong bond with us as the organization representing and championing them.”

The new site is expected to launch sometime in the fall.

AAMP would like to thank the following members for their assistance in providing recommendations for the new site.

Website Redesign Committee

  • Dianne Handsaker, Illinois Association of Meat Processors (Pearl City, IL)
  • Chad Lottman, C&C Processing Inc. (Diller, NE)
  • Rick Reams, RJ’s Meats (Hudson, WI)

BioSafe Systems to Exhibit at Midwest Poultry Federation Convention 2017

BioSafeEAST HARTFORD, Connecticut – BioSafe will be exhibiting at the 2017 Midwest Poultry Federation Convention March 14-16, 2017 in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Booth #1504 will be manned by seasoned staff VP of Food Safety, Russell Owings and Technical Sales Representative, Michael Applewhite.  As experts in their fields, these two know all the ins and outs of the poultry market – spanning everything from eggs and animal health to slaughter and processing.

BioSafe is one of the largest manufacturers of peroxyacetic acid (PAA) in North America providing sustainable disease control products to the Agriculture, Horticulture, Post-Harvest/Food Safety, Meat and Poultry, Aquatics, Home & Garden, Turf, and Commercial/Industrial Sanitation industries.

Russell Owings, VP of Food Safety

540-256-8426

rowings@biosafesystems.com

Michael Applewhite, Technical Service Representative

256-677-2802

mapplewhite@biosafesystems.com

For questions about this press release please call 888-273-3088

THE SCIENCE AND PRACTICE OF HIGH WELFARE SLAUGHTER – TRAINING AVAILABLE

2131890e-598b-49f7-ae51-66a6c7f2c69bRALEIGH, NC (January 27, 2017)–Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) is pleased to announce that the world renowned Bristol University is coming to the U.S. to carry out a series of two-day welfare trainings for slaughter plants. The training events are organized through a partnership between AWA and Bristol University in Langford, UK, and are part of an ongoing commitment to facilitate training in all aspects of high-welfare livestock production.
Two courses will be available: one aimed at plants handling red meat species on March 7-8, 2017 and the other for poultry on March 9-10, 2017. The courses will appeal to plant owners and operators who are looking to further demonstrate their commitment to animal welfare and their understanding of the science behind the slaughter process–and improve the quality of their final product.  The courses will cover:
  • Animal behavior, consciousness and sensibility, and stress in animals
  • Practical aspects of handling and restraining animals
  • Practical aspects of stunning techniques and knowledge of manufacturers’ instructions on the type of stunning equipment used
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of stunning and the absence of signs of life
  • Back-up stunning and/or killing methods
  • Appropriate use and maintenance of bleeding knives
Attendees who successfully complete the courses will qualify as an Animal Welfare Officer (AWO) or Poultry Welfare Officer (PWO).  The course normally costs $750 per attendee, per course; however, AWA is pleased to offer a limited number of applicants the introductory rate of $350 per course–or $700 for both courses. Scholarships may be available to plants already working with AWA–please inquire for details.
For further information about the course contact info@agreenerworld.org or call 202-546-5292.
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ABOUT A GREENER WORLD
A Greener World (AGW) identifies, audits, certifies and promotes practical, sustainable farming systems by supporting farmers and ranchers and informing consumers. AGW’s growing family of trusted certifications includes Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGWCertified Grassfed by AGW and Certified Non-GMO by AGW. Each program is designed to have positive and measurable impacts on the environment, society and animals, and to encourage truly sustainable farming practices. AGW’s standards and procedures are robust, transparent and achievable.A nonprofit funded by public donations, A Greener World offers a range of resources to help people make informed food choices, including an Online Directory of certified farms and products and Food Labels Exposed–a definitive guide to food label claims (available in print, online, and as a smartphone app). For more information visit agreenerworld.org.ABOUT ANIMAL WELFARE APPROVED
Animal Welfare Approved certifies and supports farmers raising their animals according to the highest welfare standards, outdoors on pasture or range. Consumer Reports has acknowledged Animal Welfare Approved as the only “highly meaningful” label for farm animal welfare, outdoor access and sustainability. All standards, policies and procedures are available on the AWA website, which along with AWA’s ISO 17065 accreditation demonstrates the highest level of transparency and accountability.

Animal Welfare Approved is a program of A Greener World, the nonprofit home of America’s leading food labels. AGW’s Online Directory of farms, restaurants and products enables the public to search for certified farms, restaurants and products by zip code, keywords, products and type of establishment. For more information visit animalwelfareapproved.us and agreenerworld.org.

BioSafe Systems to Exhibit at IPPE 2017

BioSafeEAST HARTFORD, Connecticut – BioSafe will be exhibiting at the 2017 International Production & Processing Expo Jan. 31-Feb. 2 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Booth #B3965 will be manned by seasoned staff VP of Food Safety, Russell Owings and Technical Sales Representative, Michael Applewhite. As experts in their fields, these two know all the ins and outs of the poultry market – spanning everything from eggs and animal health to slaughter and processing.

BioSafe is one of the largest manufacturers of peroxyacetic acid (PAA) in North America providing sustainable disease control products to the Agriculture, Horticulture, Post-Harvest/Food Safety, Meat and Poultry, Aquatics, Home & Garden, Turf, and Commercial/Industrial Sanitation industries.

Russell Owings
VP of Food Safety
540-256-8426
rowings@biosafesystems.com

Michael Applewhite
Technical Service Representative
256-677-2802
mapplewhite@biosafesystems.com

For questions about this press release please call 888-273-3088

RGF and Chipotle contract to proactively ensure food safety at all Chipotle restaurants

RGFRiviera Beach, FL – RGF Environmental Group, Inc., creator of advanced environmental products providing the world with the safest air, water, and food without the use of chemicals, announces that Chipotle Mexican Grill, in its continued commitment to food safety, is using patented technology and products designed and engineered by the South Florida manufacturer to implement additional sanitizing protocols in its restaurants.

RGF’s REME HALO® air purification units and IMSB Ice Machine Sanitizers were tested in multiple Chipotle locations for three months. The impressive results were verified independently and led to the decision to incorporate RGF technology into all existing 2200 Chipotle locations and all future locations that are being opened at a rate of one per day, in addition to introducing the technology to Chipotle suppliers.

“We’re excited to be working with Chipotle and their supply chain partners to bring them food safety interventions using effective non-chemical alternatives. It’s what we do better than anyone else,” says Ron Fink, RGF President/CEO.

REME HALO® and IMSB employ the company’s patented Photohydroionization®, PHI Cell® for short, a chemical-free, advanced oxidation technology. REME HALO® is the next generation of indoor air quality technology that recreates nature’s process of purifying the air and helps to control environmental sources of harmful bacteria, mold, and viruses on surfaces and in restaurant settings. The completely automated IMSB Ice Machine Sanitizer uses Photohydroionization® to prevent the spread of harmful bacteria to patrons and employees through cross-contamination by keeping ice machine heads, where the ice is made, and bins sanitized. Ice machine sanitation is an integral component of food safety because the machines are a common source of the foodborne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes.

RGF is also working closely with Chipotle’s suppliers to assure the safety of food products and ingredients and to control microbiological contamination in the food processing environment. The Food Surface Sanitation Tunnel is being evaluated for direct surface applications on food as well as on conveyor belt systems. It is an effective alternative to chemical sprays and baths. Using Photohydroionization®, the patent-pending treatment tunnel and conveyor system is a breakthrough food processing technology that reduces microbial contamination through 360-degree, non-chemical intervention just prior to packaging or grinding. Products’ taste and appearance are not affected. The system has proven a potent method of pathogen control for a host of food applications including beef, pork, poultry, seafood, fruits, and vegetables.

About RGF

RGF manufactures over 500 environmental products and has a 30-plus year history of providing the world with the safest air, water and food without the use of chemicals. RGF is a research and innovation company that holds numerous patents and patents-pending for wastewater treatment systems, air purifying devices, and food sanitation systems. To meet a growing need for indoor air quality improvement solutions, RGF developed both the patented REME-HALO® and BLU QR®. RGF’s Advanced Oxidation Systems are proven and tested to be extremely effective in destroying mold, odors, bacteria, and viruses. Situated in the heart of the Port of Palm Beach Enterprise Zone, RGF Headquarters spans 7.5 acres, with 100,000 square feet of manufacturing, warehouse, and office facilities. RGF has recently upgraded its facilities, creating an increased vertical approach to manufacturing, allowing the company to provide the highest quality and engineered products on the market.

For more information, visit www.rgf.com or contact Chip Bolton at chpbolton@gmail.com, Telephone: (864) 525-3494.

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