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Awards Celebration

When: Sunday, 07/15/2018 through Sunday, 07/15/2018, 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Where: McCormick Place – S100 Ballroom

Join us for the IFT Awards Celebration to honor and celebrate recipients of the prestigious IFT Achievement Awards and newly elected IFT Fellows.
Whistleblower Protections Under FSMA: Food Industry and Legal Perspectives

When: Tuesday, 07/17/2018 through Tuesday, 07/17/2018, 02:15 PM - 03:45 PM

Where: McCormick Place - S502AB

As the FDA focuses on the development and implementation of food safety rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is responsible for implementation and enforcement of FSMA’s Whistleblower Protection Provision (FSMA Section 402). The FSMA Whistleblower Protection Provision “prohibits entities engaged in manufacturing, processing, packing, transporting, distributing, receiving, holding, or importing food from retaliating against employees for engaging in certain protected activities, including reporting alleged violations of the FD&C.” The protected activities may include “providing information relating to any violation of the FD&C or any act that he or she reasonably believed to be a violation of the FD&C to: − the employer, − the Federal Government, or − the attorney general of a state, testifying, assisting, or participating in a proceeding concerning a violation of the FD&C; or objecting to or refusing to participate in any activity that he or she reasonably believed to be in violation of the FD&C.” In contrast to the significant outreach efforts expended on the food safety rules in FSMA, section 402 is neither well known nor understood, and many questions remain. For example, is a food testing laboratory a covered entity? If an employee objects to “re-dating” or selling “expired” food products, does that constitute a protected activity?

Many IFT members are “employees” of food “entities” and serve as representatives for their employers in decision-making processes. This symposium is designed to help all attendees understand the Ins and Outs of FSMA whistleblower protection.
Formulating With Dairy and Non-Dairy Proteins

When: Monday, 01/01/0001 through Monday, 01/01/0001, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM


According to Mintel, expansion of product offerings that emphasize plants as key ingredients is among the top six global food and drink trends for 2017. Food scientists now have a host of dairy and non-dairy ingredients to select for formulation of new products. Product development requires an understanding of consumer perception, opportunities, and challenges with each of the ingredients. This seminar will include a representative from Mintel to cover data on dairy and non-dairy product launches, consumer perception of non-dairy, and opportunities within the category. A representative from a dairy ingredient supplier will provide information on the types of dairy proteins, applications, methods for assessing functionality, and opportunities for innovation. Finally, a representative from a large food company will share an overview of the challenges in formulating with plant proteins in a variety of products and how ingredient manufacturers can work with food companies to support innovation.
Renew your CFS in 3 Easy Steps

When: Monday, 07/16/2018 through Monday, 07/16/2018, 11:40 AM - 12:00 PM

Where: McCormick Place - IFT Central Booth

Have all your questions answered about the 3 simple steps for maintaining and renewing your CFS, and get tips on building a continuing education plan that will benefit both you and your organization.
Novel Application of Nanotechnology for Control of Pathogenic Viruses and Bacteria: An Innovative Approach to Food Safety

When: Monday, 07/16/2018 through Monday, 07/16/2018, 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM

Where: McCormick Place - S401D

Nanotechnology has the potential to revolutionize global agricultural and food systems in numerous ways, and can provide promising insights into potential applications for pathogenic control in food as well as disease treatment in food-producing animals and agricultural plants.

The prevalence of diverse, potentially harmful contaminants in food requires our continual attention. Foodborne diseases are caused by ingesting bacteria, fungi, parasites, or viruses through contaminated food or water, or via person-to-person contact. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that foodborne diseases cause approximately 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations, and 5,000 deaths in the United States each year. The economic impact of five major foodborne bacterial pathogens was estimated to be $6.9 billion in 2000. Due to ever increasing trends in food safety, food manufacturers should take sanitary/ hygienic processes into key consideration. Minimizing the attachment of spoilage and pathogenic organisms to the surface of food processing equipment is one of the major challenges in the fields of food science and biosafety.

The effectiveness of antibiotics has been challenged by the occurrence of dangerous infections that antibiotics can no longer treat, as pathogens are developing resistance to the drugs. There is thus a compelling need to develop mitigation strategies based on the nanotechnology for antimicrobial resistant microorganism in food animals. Modern day agriculture requires extensive application of pesticides and agricultural biocides for preventing and treating microbial origin diseases, vector-borne diseases and other seasonal diseases. Specifically, yield loss in food crop production would have a significant effect on both food availability and food prices thereby directly affecting the global hunger levels. However, wide use of these biocides in the past few decades has resulted in accumulation of copper residues at alarming levels in the soil and in surrounding ecosystem. Strong motivation exists on improving efficacy of current Cu bactericide/fungicide through nanoscale engineering.

The proposed session will help build a diverse community committed to advancing work in the area of nanotechnology for agriculture and food systems, leading to novel ideas and approaches to create a sustainable and safe future. In appreciation of the above multidisciplinary nature, a diverse range of invited speakers will present a comprehensive vision of critical and emerging nanotechnology research advances across the field of agricultural sciences including animals, crops, and food processing, including: (1) development of nanotechnology based self-sanitizing surfaces for the control of human norovirus; (2) nano-engineered surfaces for prevention of microbes and biofilm; (3) copper and zinc based nanoformulations for controlling citrus canker and bacterial spot of tomatoes; and (4) engineering and in vivo evaluation of chitosan-based nanoparticles as alternative antimicrobial agents in food producing animals.
Developing Solutions for Developing Countries Competition

When: Tuesday, 07/17/2018 through Tuesday, 07/17/2018, 02:15 PM - 05:00 PM

Where: McCormick Place - S504ABCD

In its ninth year, the 2018 competition theme is: “Two consecutive years of drought in South and East Africa have resulted in rising food prices and increased food insecurity and malnutrition. With more than 38 million people affected by this drought, sustainable solutions are needed to combat these challenges. Develop a product using primarily drought-tolerant crops for people living in one of the affected countries.”
Come see the six finalist teams present their solutions in 15-minute oral presentations. The presentations will be followed by a roundtable Question and Answer session. The winners will be announced during the IFTSA Closing Ceremony.
Establishing the Safety of Cellulose Nanomaterials for Food Related Uses

When: Wednesday, 07/18/2018 through Wednesday, 07/18/2018, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Where: McCormick Place - N427D

Nanocellulose research is a topic of increasing interest in multiple fields due to its unique physical properties derived from their nanoscale size such as the high viscosity. However, the use of nanocellulose in food applications has not been approved by regulatory agencies due to questions about its safety and health implications. This session will cover up-to-date information in processing and characteristics of nanomaterials, their behavior in the human GI tract, and the results of toxicity studies. The session will also discuss ongoing and future studies required for regulatory agencies to approve nanocellulose for use in food related applications.

*Our thanks to Naturex for their sponsorship of the Product Development & Ingredient Innovations track*
Hot Topics Session: Establishing a Regulatory Action Levels for Food Allergens--Do We Have the Data We Need?

When: Tuesday, 07/17/2018 through Tuesday, 07/17/2018, 12:30 PM - 02:00 PM

Where: McCormick Place - N427ABC

Michigan State University Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition & IFLR Reception

When: Monday, 07/16/2018 through Monday, 07/16/2018, 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Where: Hilton Chicago - Marquette (3rd Floor)

Please join the Food Science Program at Michigan State University as we connect with our Alumni and share exciting news from ourprogram over the last year. This will hopefully be a great way to connect with our past alumni, but also be a great networking event for our students. We hope to see you all there! Go Green! Registration and Ticket required to enter the event. We strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance. $10/person.
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Technical Field Trip: Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) – Moffett Campus: The Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH)

When: Tuesday, 07/17/2018 through Tuesday, 07/17/2018, 08:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Where: McCormick Place - Shuttle Bus Pickup Area

At IFSH, the National Center for Food Safety and Technology (NCFST) is a consortium of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Illinois Institute of Technology and over 60 food industry members as of December 2017. At the NCFST, FDA research scientists and IIT professors, technicians and graduate students work collaboratively on food safety research and education. The Moffett technical tour will highlight the expertise of the NCFST by showcasing the GMP pilot plant; processing and novel technology areas for high pressure, pulsed ultraviolet light, infrared thermal processing and cool plasma technologies; and laboratories for microbiological, instrumental analysis and high throughput genomic sequencing. Registration and ticket required for this event.