To Be Announced
IFT Technical Breakfast
IFSH hosted a Technical Session of the Chicago Section of IFT on October 22nd. The Session entitled, Regulatory Reflexes, focused on how to interpret the finalized FSMA ruling as well as how to balance effective Marketing and sound R&D practices. For more information, see IFT's Website.
Food Allergens Conference
On October 14-15, IFSH, in conjunction with the Food Research Institute and the USDA, hosted a conference on Food Allergens: Best Practices For Assessing, Managing, and Communicating the Risks. For a list of topics presented, see the Conference Homepage.
IFSH 2015 Annual Meeting
IFSH will be holding its 2015 Annual Meeting on September 29th and 30th, 2015. The meeting will be held at the Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge, Burr Ridge, IL. To register for the meeting, and for the meeting agenda, click here.
Executive Advisory Board Meeting in Washington DC
The Executive Advisory Board met on March 18 & 19, 2015 at the Army & Navy Club in Washington, DC to discuss IFSH’s upcoming collaboration opportunities as well as IFSH’s 2015 Strategic Plan.
Workshop: Whole Genome Sequencing for Food Safety - Opportunities and Applications to the Food Industry
On March 16, 2015, IFSH conducted a workshop: Whole Genome Sequencing for Food Safety - Opportunities and Applications to the Food Industry. You can read more about this event, and learn about the speakers here.
IFSH Holds Its First Technical Connections Meeting For The Benefit Of Its Members
On Tuesday, March 10, 2015, IFSH held its first of a series of Technical Connections Meetings/Webinars. The purpose of these quarterly webinars is to give IFSH stakeholders overviews and research updates from of each of our scientific platforms. The first of the Technical Connections Meetings focused on collaborative projects in the Chemistry and Food Packaging research areas. Members can review the Meetings Agenda.
Joint Symposium: Rapid Methods in Food Safety Microbiology, Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (CDT), Burr Ridge, IL
Synopsis:Rapid methods in food safety microbiology were the topics of discussion at a recent one-day symposium co-organized by the Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH), Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), and the Food Research Institute (University of Wisconsin-Madison) on September 18, 2014, in Burr Ridge, Illinois. Meeting attendees included representatives from the FDA, USDA, CDC, numerous academic institutions, and the industry, with over 25 companies specializing in foods or analytical methods used in their testing represented.
The impact of genomic methods on food safety, especially outbreak investigations, was evident in presentations from Eric Brown, PhD (FDA) and John Besser, PhD (CDC). Mark Carter (MC2E) urged microbiologists to embrace chemistry while evaluating the potential of emerging methods based on aptamers, Raman spectroscopy, and nanofluidics. Other new technology presentations featured the harnessing of bacteriophage selectivity to identify low numbers of viable cells for enteric pathogens (Michael Koeris, PhD, Sample6), the development of nanofiber resistance-based biosensors for field-based food pathogen detection (Andre Senecal, PhD, US Army), and the use of ganglioside-based pathogen capture combined with PCR for rapid serotyping of Salmonella in food (Bart Weimer, PhD, University of California, Davis).
The importance of proper sampling plans and sample preparation, and the statistical assumptions and limitations of sampling plans, were emphasized by Robert Buchanan, PhD (University of Maryland) and Keith Lampel, PhD (FDA). Pina Fratamico, PhD (USDA) and Alvin Lee, PhD (IIT IFSH) discussed the special challenges associated with detecting non-O157 STEC and foodborne viruses, respectively. The implementation of new rapid methods in industrial environments was described by Katie Swanson, PhD (KMJ Swanson Food Safety) and Peter Taormina, PhD (John Morrell Food Group/Smithfield Foods). The future of bacterial isolate collections, the ability of genomic methods to provide enhanced information in certain applications (“Can you do this with a plate?”), and the increasing speed and ease desired and now expected for new food safety methods were key discussion topics during the meeting. The day ended with a session in which the power of genomics to study microbial ecology was highlighted in presentations by Federico Rey, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Greg Siragusa, PhD (DuPont).
A major theme of the symposium was the power of new technologies to provide insights into the presence of microbes of concern for food safety and quality.
Corporate sponsors of the event included Agilent Technologies, Nestle, and Roka Bioscience (Gold Level Sponsors), Ecolab, Neogen, and PepsiCo (Silver Level Sponsors), and Hollison, Marshfield Food Safety, Northland Labs, and Promega Corporation (Technology Showcase Sponsors).
IFSH 2014 Annual Meeting
IFSH conducted its 2014 Annual Meeting on September 16th and 17th. Members may now view meeting slides in the Members Only Section.
2014 IFSH Annual Meeting Program
Reserve your Room at the SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Chicago Southwest at Burr Ridge / Hinsdale
To reserve your room online, see the Marriott's Online Reserve System. To reserve your room over the phone, call 630-323-7530, ask for the front desk, and indicate you would like to reserve a room under the Institute for Food Safety and Health reservation block.
Dr. Brackett to Speak at New York Academy of Sciences
On November 6, Dr. Brackett will deliver the Key Note Address at an event presented by the New York Academy of Sciences and the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science. Fore details on the event, including regitration information, see the event's website: Food Safety Considerations for Innovative Nutrition Solutions.
IFSH Mid-Year Meeting 2014
The IFSH Mid-Year meeting agenda included breakout sessions that discussed Preventive Controls for Sanitation, Retail Food Safety, Chemical Food Safety and Toxicology, and Dairy Food Safety. A panel discussion, including panelists Kevin Waters, President and CEO, The National Food Lab, Jeff Barach, Ph.D., Barach Enterprises LLC, and Dale Morton, M.S., Senior Director - Global Food Safety, PepsiCo, reviewed the events of the 2013 Preventive Controls Summit. Topics covered included the goals of the summit, the need for validation and verification, and the industry’s perspectives on preventative controls. A second panel discussed the FDA Proposed Rule to Protect Food against Intentional Adulteration. Panelists included David Gombas, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Food Safety and Technology, United Fresh, and Ryan Newkirk, Ph.D., Policy Analyst, Food Defense and Emergency Coordination Staff, Office of Analytics and Outreach, CFSAN, FDA. Other invited speakers at the meeting included Jessica Cooper, Ph.D., Review Chemist, CFSAN, FDA, Michele Jay-Russell, Western Center for Food Safety, University of California Davis, Daryl Kellenberger, Director of Food Safety, US Operations, McDonald’s Corporation, Mike Landa, J.D., Director of CFSAN, FDA, Lori Ledenbach, M.S., Principal Scientist-Microbiology and Food Safety, Kraft Foods, Obianuju Nsofor, Ph.D., Division of Plant and Dairy Food Safety, CFSAN, FDA, Mickey Parish, Ph.D., Senior Advisor, CFSAN, FDA, Staci Richardson, Food Safety & Sanitation Systems Program Director, Schreiber Foods, John Sheehan, J.D., Director - Division of Plant and Dairy Food Safety, CFSAN, FDA, Kevin Smith, Ph.D., Director, Retail Food & Cooperative Programs Coordination Staff, CFSAN, FDA, Tim Stubbs, Vice President-Product Research, Dairy Research Institute, Katie Swanson, Ph.D., KMJ Swanson Food Safety Inc., Paula Trumbo, Ph.D., Nutrition Science Review Team, Marcia Walker, Ph.D., Senior Manager, Corporate HPP Process Authority, Evolution Fresh/Starbucks Coffee, and Stephen Walker, Ph.D., Research Scientist, CFSAN, FDA. Further details on the program and speakers and presentation slides are available in the Members Only Section. Also available on the website is information on the Low Moisture Foods Safety Task Force meeting held immediately prior to the Mid-Year meeting.
Water Quality and Food Safety Symposium
A water quality and food safety symposium was co-hosted by IIT/IFSH and U WI Madison Food Research Institute on September 19th 2013 at the Hyatt Regency, Rosemont, IL. Nearly 100 attendees participated from industry, academia and several state and federal agencies. The program was very well received and covered timely topics from farm to table focused on a much overlooked ingredient in all phases of our nation’s food supply chain. The theme of the symposium was “The nexus of water quality and food safety- identifying risks and mitigation strategies from farm to table”. This is the second year IFSH co-sponsors a symposium with U WI in what will likely become an annual event.
IFSH Annual Meeting 2013
The IFSH Annual Meeting was held at the Burr Conference Center (BRCC), Burr Ridge, IL on September 17 and 18, 2013. This year’s meeting marked the 25th Anniversary of the FDA Cooperative Research Agreement with IIT, which established the nation’s first true joint FDA, university and industry collaborative research model, which remains so to this date. The meeting featured presentations on the state of IFSH, overviews of the IFSH NCFST collaborative research programs, and updates on its other three centers. Invited speakers included Mike Landa, J.D., Director, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), FDA and Capt. Domenic Veneziano, Office of Enforcement and Import Operations, ORA/FDA, Ricardo Carvajal, Partner at Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C., Lauren Robin, Ph.D. Review Chemist, Office of Food Additive Safety, CFSAN/FDA, Shelley Feist, Executive Director, Partnership for Food Safety Education, and Mike Adams, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Office of Food Additive Safety, CFSAN/FDA, speaking on the topics related to food safety, FDA mission, FSMA and preventive controls. Two task forces, Low Moisture Food Safety, and Sprout Safety working groups met at the BRCC on the margins of the opening session. The Annual Meeting 25th Anniversary Dinner event was capped off with three significant distinguished awards. These were The Darsh Wasan IFSH Food Safety Award to Dr. Donald L. Zink, FDA CFSAN for Outstanding Contributions to Food Safety across Government, Academia and Industry; A Special Achievement Award to Dr. Phillip L. Minerich for his Lifetime Contributions to Food Safety across Government, Academia, and Industry; and A Legacy Award to Dr. Darsh Wasan for his Vision and Leadership in Establishing NCFST and IFSH. The Annual Meeting recorded the highest ever number in attendance at 185. This year also marked the highest ever enrolled IFSH membership at 65 member companies. Five companies that recently joined IFSH participated in the technology showcase session with either a podium introduction and/or an exhibit table. The five companies were BASF, MedTech Bioscience, Napasol North America, Northland Laboratories, and Roka BioScience. This session provided members insights for future collaborations. A total of 25 posters representing various aspects of the current collaborative science projects were presented on the second day in a round robin followed by a one hour networking at the posters. Many of the poster presenters were IFSH/FdSN students. IFSH Members can view the slides presented at the Annual Meeting by clicking on Meetings and Materials > Annual Meeting.
IFSH and the Wisconsin-Madison's Food Research Institute (UW FRI),hosted its first Joint Symposium on Mycotoxins on April 12, 2012. More than 100 attendees participated in this well-received educational seminar featuring several experts who are leaders in the field. Symposium sponsors included PepsiCo, Agilent Technologies, Cargill, PerkinElmer, R-Biopharm, Bimbo Bakeries USA, Alltech, Kraft Foods, and ThermoFisher Scientific.