SAVE THE DATES - August 17-18, 2011 - for a foot-and-mouth disease tabletop exercise to be held in Denver by the Western Dairy Association and Dairy Management, Inc. For nearly 10 years, the dairy industry has been working closely with state and federal government leaders to prepare for a coordinated response in the event of a national food safety recall, food bioterrorism or a U.S. outbreak of foot-and-mouth (FMD) disease.
In 2011, the industry's crisis trainings will focus on FMD preparedness and response and a part of that training will be taking place in Denver. A U.S. outbreak of FMD will significantly impact milk processing and manufacturing, and consumers are likely to have concerns and questions about the safety of milk and dairy products.
This Colorado-located training will be a great opportunity to share private sector, government and partner agency response plans, to work closely with peers to strategize the industry's response, and hone communication planning and coordination.
Attendance will be accomplished through formal invitation and registration information will be available soon. Anyone interested in participating should contact Angel Aguilar, Ph.D., Western Dairy Association, Director, Producer and Industry Relations at (720) 356-3180.