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Scientific & Applied Sessions

When: Monday, 07/16/2018 through Monday, 07/16/2018, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM


Fuel your passion for the science of food through IFT’s thought-provoking scientific and featured sessions. The Scientific programming is too big to list here. Browse, plan and save your experience ift.org/onlineplanner.
Development of New Pet Food Ingredients: Understanding the Science and Regulations That Lead to Success

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

Where: McCormick Place - S402AB

The opportunity for new ingredients intended to improve the well-being of both companion animals and livestock has been growing rapidly. Marketing advantages have been guiding research into these functional ingredients, however, there must be an understanding of the challenges that come with altering diets and meeting adequate nutritional requirements for the target animal. In addition, novel animal food additives can introduce new analytical challenges that must be overcome in order to ensure safety and consistency of the added ingredient. Finally, regulatory challenges that are unique to animal food need to be appreciated when developing the path forward for new ingredients. There are distinct differences between GRAS and food additives in the need for publicly available data, consensus of opinion on safety, historical and background use, and proprietary position that make choosing the right path critical for success. Equally important is the understanding that dietary supplements do not apply to animal feed and ingredients which are intended to affect structure/function of the body other than having a nutritional impact make the new product fall under the regulatory classification of “new animal drug.” These nutritional, analytical, and regulatory issues will be explored in depth to provide the attendee with a good understanding of the challenges in animal ingredient development.

*Our thanks to Naturex for their sponsorship of the Product Development & Ingredient Innovations track*
IFTSA College Bowl Competition - Preliminary Rounds (CLOSED)

When: Tuesday, 07/17/2018 through Tuesday, 07/17/2018, 09:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Where: McCormick Place - S505A

CLOSED SESSION. Featuring eight regional team finalists, the College Bowl Competition will take place in multiple rounds of double elimination until a winner is crowned. Rounds 1-6 are closed to the public, but everyone is welcome to attend rounds 7-12 in S100 Ballroom at 12:30pm. The final two-to-three rounds will be held during the IFTSA Closing Ceremony on Tuesday evening
IFTSA Student Lounge

When: Sunday, 07/15/2018 through Sunday, 07/15/2018, 03:00 PM - 06:00 PM

Where: McCormick Place - S503

Meet up with students and other colleagues at the IFT18 student lounge. Be sure to stop by and pick up your student events brochure and OFG swag!
Shedding Light on Food Safety, Quality, and Nutrition: Opportunities and Challenges With Light-Based Technologies

When: Wednesday, 07/18/2018 through Wednesday, 07/18/2018, 08:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Where: McCormick Place - N426C

The CDC estimates that every year, there are 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations, and 3,000 deaths in the United States due to consumption of foods contaminated with pathogens. Therefore, it is necessary to process foods to effectively inactivate these microorganisms to render food safe. Various preservation technologies have been developed and adopted successfully to eliminate or reduce microbial contamination of the food. However, conventional treatments are very highly energy intensive with high capital and operational costs. Most often these processes also result in deterioration of food quality. Therefore, there is a need for alternative processing methods that are simple, cost-effective, have high inactivation efficiencies and yield minimal quality changes. Emerging technologies such as UV light, pulsed light and LED light processing show great promise since they can inactivate the pathogenic microorganisms while preserving the quality of foods.

This session will focus on recent advances in the light-based technologies for microbial decontamination. There has been an increased interest in the applications of light-based technologies such as UV light, pulsed light and LED light for inactivating microorganisms. Typically, these technologies operate in the UV, visible and near-infrared light range. Studies have shown that these technologies can effectively inactivate myriad microorganisms. However, there are several challenges associated with these technologies. The identified speakers are experts in the light-based technologies. They will shed light on the applications and challenges of these technologies. Due to the increased interest in these technologies, a symposium on this topic is highly warranted.

This session is sponsored by Phi Tau Sigma, the honor society of food science and technology.
American Association of Food Scientists for the Indian Subcontinent Banquet (AAFSIS)

When: Tuesday, 07/17/2018 through Tuesday, 07/17/2018, 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Where: Indian Garden (247 E. Ontario Street)

AAFSIS banquet is a great networking opportunity for professionals and students. The banquet includes keynote speeches byprominent academia/industry representatives followed by delicious Indian dinner. AAFSIS consists of members of IFT from the IndianSubcontinent - India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, and other countries, associations, and individuals who have interest in the Indian Subcontinent. Click here to register for this event!
Eating Less Red Meat: The Evidence Behind the Recommendation

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

Where: McCormick Place - S405AB

This session will explore the evidence underlying recommendations for restricting red meat intake. In particular, evidence regarding current vs. recommended intakes to achieve a healthy dietary pattern, red meat’s impact on health outcomes such as heart health and cancer, and if red meat is compatible with a sustainable diet will be discussed. Three dynamic speakers will approach the question of red meat intake from multiple vantage points. Specifically, the health implications of including red meats in a healthy diet will be discussed. Secondly, the role of red meats and cancer will be explained based on current evidence. Finally, the challenges of limiting livestock production as a means of improving environmental outcomes while maintaining healthful diets for a growing population will be discussed.
Expo Open

When: Monday, 07/16/2018 through Monday, 07/16/2018, 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Where: McCormick Place - North and South Halls

Experience the newest products, latest trends, and cutting-edge innovations at IFT18. Be immersed in the industry’s largest collection of food ingredient, food safety & quality, technology, equipment, processing, and packaging suppliers, all assembled under one roof to help you be the first to learn and see what’s next in the science of food. It’s the only place where you can meet face-to-face with over 1,000 exhibiting companies on the forefront of the latest global food trends, and the see firsthand, the products designed to address them.
CIFST Canadian Breakfast

When: Monday, 07/16/2018 through Monday, 07/16/2018, 07:30 AM - 08:30 AM

Where: Hilton Chicago - Williford A (3rd Floor)

CIFST brings a little bit of Canada to Chicago for this popular breakfast event. Learn what CIFST is doing to support and promote the food sector in Canada. Network with your professional colleagues and share ideas and best practices. Prepare to connect, learn and have a chance at winning great prizes!
Registration and Ticket required to enter the event. We strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance. Tickets are $75/person.
Click here to register for this event!
New Advancements in Botulinum Neurotoxin Detection Methods: From the Mouse Bioassay to Mass Spectrometry

When: Wednesday, 07/18/2018 through Wednesday, 07/18/2018, 01:15 PM - 02:45 PM

Where: McCormick Place - S404D

Clostridium botulinum neurotoxins continue to be a threat to the global food supply through natural and possibly intentional routes of contamination. Rapid, sensitive, and specific detection of the most potent neurotoxin known, botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs), is of vital concern to prevent cases of the neuroparalytic disease (botulism). The mouse bioassay is considered the gold standard assay because it a positive result in the test requires all four steps of intoxication, internalization by the host through the small intestine, trafficking of the toxin to the target cell via the blood and lymphatic system, translocation into the target neuronal cell and finally, catalytic activity of the toxin's light chain on SNARE proteins to prevent the release of the neurotransmitter, acetylcholine at the neuromuscular junction. Disadvantages to the mouse bioassay include the ethical concerns of using laboratory animals, the expensive cost, and the time to receive a positive result, which can take up to 4 days for a positive. Functional based assays (e. g. endopeptidase mass spectrometry, cell based and Förster resonance energy transfer) are specific and rely on the biological activity of the botulinum neurotoxin. Immunological and other in vitro assays, such as enzyme linked immunosorbent assays (e. g. DIG-ELISA) cannot discern between active and inactive toxins. This symposium will discuss the current assays used to detect botulinum neurotoxins in food and clinical samples, address their advantages and disadvantages, and highlight the most rapid, sensitive, and specific assays that are being widely adopted to replace existing toxin detection and/or screening methods.