NMPAN Live: Deregulation for Small and Very Small Meat Processors? The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
Please join this lively discussion between Denise Perry, PhD and meat processing operations expert, and David Zarling of NMPAN. This roundtable is meant to stimulate a thoughtful, proactive conversation relative to what deregulation for small and very small meat processors might look like. The discussion will involve the risks and rewards that could result in the Federal Government giving meat processing regulation back to the states to decide what regulations warrant what type of sales for small & very small processors.
Denise Perry is a native of Southeastern, MN who earned her M.S. and PhD. in Meat Animal Science. She served as an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville for five years, teaching various courses in meat animal production and processing and overseeing a small pilot meat lab. In 2013, Denise joined a small niche market co-pack processor, specializing in producing product for local, national and international brands (organic, bison and a vast array of other specialty raising claim brands). Denise spent her first six years overseeing the plant’s Food Safety and Regulatory programs, of which included five HACCP plans, a robust humane handling program, Organic and SQF certifications among many other specialty and vendor audits. Denise also managed the USDA regulatory compliance, conversation and contributed on a national level to several Small and Very Small Plant Roundtables with FSIS across the country, helping to be a voice for the small processor in all things regulatory.