|FSIS is pleased to announce the 2012 Microbiology and Residue Laboratory Training for International Government Officials. The purpose of these seminars is to familiarize international government laboratory officials with laboratory testing methods and procedures used by FSIS, USDA to assure that the nation's meat, poultry and egg products are safe and wholesome.
These seminars will be held at the following locations/times:
- Aug 6-10, 2012 - International Microbiology Seminar, FSIS Eastern Laboratory, Athens, GA
Aug 14-16, 2012 - International Residue Seminar, Session I - FSIS Midwestern Laboratory, St. Louis, MO
Aug 20-21, 2012 - International Residue Seminar, Session II - FSIS Western Laboratory, Alameda, CA
Note: To attend the seminars, applicants MUST be government meat, poultry, and egg inspection officials and be fluent in the English language.
Participation in these seminars will each be limited to ten (10) individuals. These sessions are targeted towards laboratorians working at the level of laboratory supervisor or below.
Applicants are responsible for obtaining financial sponsors for their round trip air transportation, lodging, meals, and other miscellaneous expenses to either seminar. All applicants that are accepted to attend the seminar are required to reside at the designated hotel reserved for students and trainers (to be announced at a later date). A shuttle or taxi will be available in all locations to take you to the training and return you to the hotel each day.
To request an application form, send a request to
Labtrainings@fsis.usda.gov. The completed application form must be submitted by the applicant's financial sponsor and received by the FSIS Office of International Affairs no later than February 27, 2012. If possible, please submit the application by email to
Labtrainings@fsis.usda.gov, or by facsimile transmission to the Office of International Affairs at (202) 205-3469 and/or (202) 720-7990. Applicants must include an email address and/or a FAX number on their application for proper notification.
Applications are processed in the order they are received, as the class size is limited. Early submittal of applications is encouraged. Participants who are selected to attend the microbiology or residue seminars will be notified the week of
March 12, 2012.