Eskin keynote speaker for DCA event
OCEAN CITY, Md. — Returning to an in-person format, the Delmarva Chicken Association’s 56th National Meeting on Poultry Health, Processing, and Live Production is scheduled for Sept. 27-29 at the Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel.
More than 20 veterinarians, chicken company leaders, government officials, researchers, Extension educators, and animal health officials will deliver presentations at the meeting on topics including disease and foodborne pathogen management, poultry production technology, mycotoxins, vaccinations, food safety, emergency response practices, poultry house ventilation, water quality, legal issues affecting poultry growers, biosecurity, vegetative environmental buffers and pest control.
The meeting’s keynote speaker is Sandra Eskin, the USDA deputy undersecretary for food safety, who will address the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service’s Vision for the Future at 8:10 a.m. on Sept. 28.
Prior to joining USDA, Eskin was the project director for food safety at The Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, D.C., a position she held since November 2009.
She also served as the deputy director of the Produce Safety Project, a Pew-funded initiative at Georgetown University from 2008-09.
While at PSP, Eskin was a senior scholar with the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University. She spent nearly 20 years as a public-policy consultant to numerous consumer advocacy and public-interest organizations, providing strategic and policy advice on a broad range of consumer-protection issues, in particular food and drug safety, labeling, and advertising.
A complete agenda — which is subject to change, as well as registration information — can be found at dpichicken.org,
There are multiple registration options available.
Participants can attend the full conference or choose from two partial conference options.
Twenty companies and institutions supplying products and services to the chicken industry are sponsoring the conference, including presenting sponsors Boehringer Ingelheim and MidAtlantic Farm Credit.