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CFS Lounge

When: Wednesday, 07/18/2018 through Wednesday, 07/18/2018, 08:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Where: McCormick Place - S104

A National FSMA Training, Outreach, and Education Landscape for the Produce Industry, Part II

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

Where: McCormick Place - S502AB

Recognizing that one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to training, USDA NIFA and FDA CFSAN collaboratively established the National Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Program, as mandated in Section 209 of FSMA in 2015. As mandated in FSMA, this competitive grant program provides food safety training, education, extension, outreach, and technical assistance to owners and operators of farms, small food processors, and small fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers. Grants issued through this program provide funding for a National Coordination Center (NCC) and four Regional Centers (RCs), to extend food safety education, training, and technical assistance to specific audiences.

To provide a variety of training formats shaped by product, region, size and other factors, USDA NIFA and FDA CFSAN added to the training infrastructure in 2016. USDA NIFA established the Food Safety Outreach competitive grant program (FSOP). The program has created 50 FSOP awards; 12 Multistate Education and Training Projects that support collaborations among states not necessarily located within the same regions, but having common food safety concerns, or addressing common commodities; 22 community outreach projects that support the growth and expansion of already existing food safety education and outreach programs currently offered in local communities; and 16 pilot projects that support the development of potentially high-risk and high-impact food safety education and outreach programs in local communities.

Simultaneously, FDA awarded the Local Food Producer Outreach, Education, and Training to Enhance Food Safety and FSMA Compliance Cooperative Agreement to the National Farmers Union Foundation. The Native American Tribes Outreach, Education, and Training to Enhance Food Safety and FSMA Compliance Cooperative Agreement was also awarded to the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville to support the development of training curricula and delivery, in addition to education and outreach, among local foods producers and tribes, respectively.

This work builds upon an existing foundation created by the partnerships in the USDA and FDA FSMA Alliances, the Produce Safety Alliance, the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance, and the Sprout Safety Alliance, which were established in 2010-2012. The FSMA Collaborative Forum, which first convened in April 2017, has provided a venue for collaboration among the training providers, including JIFSAN and NASDA.

These efforts have strategically focused on the delivery of customized training to target audiences to match the diversity of the food producers. This symposium will share the current program priority and RFA solicitation for FSOP potential applicants, work of the national produce safety training landscape, and the possibilities underway to leverage the momentum as a national best practice.
Technical Field Trip: Barry Callebaut

When: Monday, 07/16/2018 through Monday, 07/16/2018, 08:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Where: McCormick Place - Shuttle Bus Pickup

On this tour, guests will view the Barry Callebaut Americas Region headquarters in downtown Chicago. The entire group will learn about cocoa cultivation and harvesting, cocoa and chocolate manufacturing and the attributes of chocolate. Of course, the tour would not be complete without a chocolate tasting. Guests will sample a variety of our chocolates to understand the flavor components and how they affect the eating experience. Afterward, we will break each visiting group into two smaller groups. One group would tour our Academy and watch a confectionary demo. The second group will be led into our café, where they can explore the history, brands and products of Barry Callebaut. Both groups will spend about 15-20 minutes in each area. Registration and ticket required for this event. Ticket price: $34/person.
Top 5 Ways to Advance Your Career in Food Science

When: Tuesday, 07/17/2018 through Tuesday, 07/17/2018, 11:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Where: McCormick Place - IFT Central Booth

In today's competitive landscape, it's more important than ever to find resources and strategies to help give you an edge. Attend this session and you will gain five tips to help you move your food science career forward.
The Status and Future of In-Place Cleaning, Part I

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

Where: McCormick Place - S401D

The concept of in-place cleaning (CIP) has been commercialized for over 70 years, but many of the basic mechanisms of this approach to cleaning food contact surfaces remain unexplored. This approach to cleaning has had significant impacts on the time and labor for food manufacturing operations, and has ensured uniformity and consistency in cleaning practices. Although CIP processes are very effective, it is currently impossible to ensure that the outcomes are optimum. The overall objective of this symposium is to review the current status of CIP, and explore the research challenges to be addressed. Much of the reviewed interest in the science and engineering of CIP is associated with the mechanisms involved in creating the residues on food-contact surfaces, as well as the mechanisms associated with removal of the residues. Included in the renewed focus is the need to accomplish cleaning with reduced amounts of water, a more conservative use of cleaning agents, and an overall reduction in energy requirements. In multiuse product lines, product and operational losses due to cleaning and changeover are significant and represent an environmental impact of the manufacturing operation. Ultimately, the cleaning process must continue to meet an increasing array of challenges to ensure that food contact surfaces are free of residues that could support creation of biofilms and lead to product contamination.
Utilizing Blockchain for Improved Traceability Panel Discussion

When: Wednesday, 07/18/2018 through Wednesday, 07/18/2018, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Where: McCormick Place - IFTNEXT Stage

Technology is changing at a revolutionary pace. Think about how the commoditization of the internet changed the retail and banking sectors. A similar trend is being observed in the world of food traceability. It’s not just that we are collecting more data about our global food system but we are getting smarter about how we leverage technology to get smarter about utilizing the data we collect. Data collected for traceability is helping anticipate issues in food quality and respond more effectively to issues in food safety. IFT’s Global Food Traceability Center has studied and evaluated several novel traceability technologies that show potential, from the use of whole genome sequencing to trace foodborne outbreak pathogens and contamination sources to the use of synthetic DNAs sprayed on packaging to prevent temperature abuse. Lessons learned from other industries can help accelerate the rate of adoption of traceability best practices such as RX360 in the pharmaceutical sector or electronic patient records in the healthcare sector. One exciting technology that is promising the potential to bring our food safety systems into the 21st century is blockchain based on lessons learned from the financial sector.

Blockchain is a transformative technology that could finally enable the traceability and the transparency that the industry has been working toward. This holistic view of information could enable better execution in the supply chain itself to drive improved food safety, better sustainability, reduction of waste and other key benefits. Blockchain isn't a silver bullet, but its unique characteristics as a trusted, shared system of record allow us to solve both the underlying technology problem and the fundamental social problem that have hampered previous efforts. With blockchain we can improve how we digitize and distribute all of the information on the food ecosystem. In addition, we can provide the trust that allows entities to actually participate. By enabling the participation of the entire ecosystem with the creation of a trusted record of the food system, the food ecosystem will be transparent and traceable, and in a way that supports the business interests.

The food system has been changing since the dawn of time, but never more rapidly or dramatically as it has the potential to do so today. Whether we live in Shenzhen, Santiago, Sheffield, or Chicago, we can choose to buy local or enjoy the best products from the best producers anywhere in the world without regard for the season. We go online and get whatever we want to be delivered directly to our door or local store. While this modern food system has resulted in more choice, affordability, and convenience, in some instances, it also has resulted in consumers being far removed from where food comes from and how it’s been produced. As a result, there is a need for even greater collaboration regarding food traceability and transparency solution. Blockchain, as new and emerging technologies, have the potential to enable a new era of end-to-end transparency in the global food system that will further promote responsible actions and behaviors.
Food Technologists Without Border Panel

When: Monday, 07/16/2018 through Monday, 07/16/2018, 12:45 PM - 01:45 PM

Where: McCormick Place - IFTNEXT Stage

This panel discussion will share collective knowledge of our IFT community to pursue food and nutrition solutions for those in need.
IFT and Feeding Tomorrow Foundation are collaborating with several not-for-profit organizations to set up volunteer programs that leverage the technical knowledge of the IFT community to provide scalable, sustainable, safe and nutritious food technology solutions for people and regions in need.
Technology Transfer Between Academia and Industry: Facing Challenges Associated With Protein Processing and Consumption

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

Where: McCormick Place - S404BC

There is an ongoing gap regarding the transfer of knowledge between academia and industry, which needs to be overcome in order to better address challenges associated with global food security. A major obstacle is to provide the growing global population with sufficient amounts of proteins essential for good health, while maintaining protein quality and bioavailability. Therefore, the current session aims to give concrete examples of successful technology and knowledge transfer, coming from the perspectives of academia and industry within the context of protein processing and consumption. Such examples are not only limited to upscaling from academia to industry, but also to downscaling industry-level problems to the university environment to understand the fundamentals of the problems at hand. The speakers have been selected based on their successes in executing such transfer projects, and will share their experiences and lessons learned with the audience. This includes innovative processing technologies and the application of alternative protein sources (e.g. microalgae, plant-based proteins) for prospective substitution of meat proteins.

The following four cases are presented: (i) Retaining the quality of protein-rich foods using low temperature dehydration technology; (ii) A sustainable and commercially feasible method for enhancing nutrient release and bioavailability of pulses; (iii) Mechanisms to functionalize or restructure alternative proteins for future application in meat-based products; and (iv) Microalgae as an alternative and sustainable protein source.
IFT<i>NEXT</i> Quickfire: Global Solutions for Food Security

When: Monday, 07/16/2018 through Monday, 07/16/2018, 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM

Where: McCormick Place - IFTNEXT Stage

What are some of the problems facing the global population and how can food science help? This IFTNEXT Quickfire is three presentations in one, highlighting the innovation, research, and approaches taken to make a positive impact on food security. Stay until the end for a chance to join the conversation!
Fellows Recognition Forum

When: Sunday, 07/15/2018 through Sunday, 07/15/2018, 04:00 PM - 05:30 PM

Where: McCormick Place - S101A

Registration and Ticket required to enter the event. We strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets in advance. $45/person.
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