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    AMI and Alchemy to Update Animal Handling Training Courses

    Partnership announced at AMI Meat, Poultry & Seafood Convention and Expo

    The American Meat Institute (AMI) and Alchemy Systems, a provider of training solutions for the global workforce, are working together to release updated versions of AMI's humane animal handling training courses.

    Since 1944, the AMI Foundation has served the meat industry by creating and disseminating best practices for humane animal handling and stunning.

    The new courses will be based on the "Recommended Animal Handling Guidelines and Audit Guide" written by Dr. Temple Grandin, and are an integral part of AMI's ongoing humane animal handling initiatives, according to the trade group.

    More information about the updated courses is available at the 2011 AMI Meat, Poultry & Seafood Convention and Exposition in AMI booth #1973 and Alchemy booth #931. The expo is being held April 13-16 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

    Later this year, the updated DVD training materials will be available from AMI separately for beef and pork handling. Topics will include proper handling in a processing facility and humane practices during processing.

    As part of a collaboration between AMI and Alchemy Systems, courses will also be available via the training and compliance management platform SISTEM. Designed specifically for educating production workers, SISTEM uses hand-held remotes and multi-lingual, interactive courseware to increase employee comprehension and provide automatic documentation of the results.

    In addition to the updated courses, Alchemy will also expand its beef and pork humane animal handling SISTEM course library to include courses covering animal welfare during transportation, and humane handling during unloading and receiving.

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