The National Institute for Animal Agriculture’s annual ID INFO EXPO 2007 will be held in Kansas City, Mo. Aug. 28-30, at the WestinCrownCenter.

This year’s theme is “ID Info Expo, Where Traceability Needs Intersect: Animal Health, Country-of-Origin Labeling, Food Safety and Consumer Demand.”

ID Info Expo 2007 will feature presentations and a trade show displaying the latest technologies, practical solutions and services available to producers and   the industry. There also will be renewed dialog about COOL implementation, as well as the pet food contamination that spilled over to poultry and swine feeds. This has raised the level of debate in Congress regarding product and food traceability, notes Robert Fourdraine, chair of NIAA’s animal identification and information systems committee. 

The program will be expanded into a North American perspective on livestock and food traceability.  “There is much we can learn from the broad experiences in both official and commercial animal identification programs across the continent. By sharing these experiences, we can build harmonized identification and traceability systems to benefit stakeholders in Canada, Mexico and the United States, and help develop more market opportunities for livestock producers on a global basis,” says Glenn Fischer, the committee’s vice chairman.  

Information on the schedule, registration and lodging is available at the NIAA Web site, www.animalagriculture.org.