The conference in 2013 will be the tenth conference in a row that started in Ames, Iowa, in the USA with a conference on Salmonella in pigs and pork. Because this conference clearly satisfied a need for the exchange of knowledge on this subject, it was decided to organise the next conference in Copenhagen, Denmark one year later. Since then, every two years, conferences have been organized in Washington DC (US), Leipzig (DE), Crete (GR), Sonoma Valley (California, US), Verona (II), Quebec, Canada and last year in Maastricht, Netherland.
From the beginning in Ames, the conference has grown into a conference that was attended by more than 200 persons from all over the world and next to Salmonella many subjects in the field of food safety in pigs and pork have been presented. Amongst others, this conference has been the place where the EU SALINPORK programme has been presented. In 2009, among many other subjects, the first results of investigations on MRSA were presented. Additionally, in 2011, antimicrobial resistance was also emphasized.
Researchers, policy makers and industry representatives active in control and prevention of zoonoses of pig origin and other food safety concerns will gather to discuss the farm to abattoir relationships for pigs and pork.
Worldwide conference participation is expected to discuss the food chain from feed sources through abattoir pre-chill. Food safety issues involving bacterial, viral and parasitic pathogens, chemical contaminants including environmental and antimicrobial residues, and antimicrobial resistance in both pathogens and commensal flora will be explored.
The organizers explicitly want to open this conference to all methods that illustrate these risks and contribute to their control, including but not limited to identification and control methods, management changes or alternatives for antimicrobials that reduce use of antimicrobials and on-farm zoonoses and public policy actions to stimulate these changes. Interventions to protect people working in the pork production chain will encouraged.