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March Biomed/Biotech SIG Meeting  

Kelly's Deli Conference Center
Next to the entrance to 7519 Standish Drive
FDA/CVM Center
Rockville, Maryland  20855

Mar 25, 2010    6:00 pm - 9:15 pm

Prion Diseases and FDAs Animal Feed Regulations To Prevent the Spread of BSE in the US Cattle Population

Presented by
Burt Pritchett, DVM, MS
Veterinary Medical Officer
Division of Animal Feeds, Office of Surveillance and Compliance
Centers for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), FDA


Inspections, Compliance, and Quality Implementation Of A New BSE Rule

Presented by
Shannon Jordre, BS
Consumer Safety Officer
Division of Compliance, Office of Surveillance and Compliance
Centers for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), FDA

Thursday, March 25, 2010

6:00 - 6:20 PM: Networking and Pizza/ soft drink and networking
6:20 - 9:00 PM: Program (break at 7:40 PM)
9:00 - 9:15 PM: Door-prize drawing and networking
$5.00 for non-members; Free for ASQ members

Registration: To attend this event, register here.  For headcount purpose, please register by Thursday noon, March 25, 2010.   For registration problems or further information contact Dr. George Chang, Co-Chair of Biomed/Biotech SIG, at gchang2008@yahoo.com or call 240-793-8425.

Presentation Summaries:

Prion Diseases and FDAs Animal Feed Regulations to Prevent the Spread of BSE in the U.S. Cattle Population - According to the prion protein hypothesis, the causative agents of all transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) are abnormal isoforms of the prion protein, a protein that occurs normally in vertebrates and found at highest levels in nervous tissues.  Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE; mad cow disease) is a feed-borne disease of cattle that is perpetuated by recycling animal protein in feed for livestock, poultry, and pets.  Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) of FDA, having regulatory authority over animal feeds, plays an important role in establishing the series of control measures needed to prevent cattle and human exposure to the BSE agent.

Inspections, Compliance, and Quality Implementation of A New BSE Rule - The inspection program nationwide, the current state of compliance with the regulations in US, and how FDA implements the new BSE rule will be discussed.

Speakers Biography:

Burt Pritchett, DVM, MS - Dr. Burt Pritchett is a Veterinary Medical Officer in the Division of Animal Feeds at FDAs Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM). Since he joined CVM in February 2000, he has been responsible for providing scientific and technical support for CVMs activities related to animal feed controls for the prevention of TSE diseases.  From 1991 until 2000, Dr. Pritchett served as a Veterinary Medical Officer in the Epidemiology and Emergency Programs Staff, and the Office of Public Health and Science, at USDAs Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), Washington, D.C.  Dr. Pritchett was in private veterinary practice in equine and mixed animal practices in California and Pennsylvania before joining the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1988. 

Dr. Pritchett earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Bachelors of Science degrees from Oklahoma State University, and a Masters in Computer and Information Science degree from Hood College.

Shannon Jordre, BS - Shannon Jordre works in CVMs Division of Compliance and manages the BSE Compliance Program for FDA.  This includes coordinating work planning, inspections, training and enforcement.  Shannon has been at CVM over seven years and has spent most of his time focused on animal feed regulations.  Prior to coming to FDA, he spent 12 years with the South Dakota Department of Agriculture as a state feed regulatory official. He has also worked as a feed chemist at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD, and as a lab technician doing animal nutrition research at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Nebraska.  In summary, he has worked on the government side of animal nutrition, in research, feed analysis and regulation since 1985. 
Shannon is a graduate of South Dakota State University with BS degrees in Microbiology and Biology, a minor in Chemistry, with additional coursework in agriculture, environmental management and education.  He currently lives in Frederick, MD with his wife and two sons, and he likes to run, ride his bicycle, go fishing and read.

For directions to the event, please click on the March Biomed/Biotech SIG Meeting Announcement.