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Issue 3   

September 2011 



Welcome to another edition of our e-newsletter, IFSH Insight, which highlights the current happenings at the institute.  


We're gearing up for another busy fall semester, with 47 new graduate and professional students enrolled in our Masters degree and professional certificate programs, and finalizing our planning for the IFSH Annual Meeting, October 11-12 in Oak Brook, Illinois.  


If you haven't done so already, please click on the link in the article below to register for the Annual Meeting today. We've got a lot to share with our members and stakeholders at the meeting, and we're looking forward to seeing you there! 

Best regards,


Robert E. Brackett, PhD

IIT Vice President and IFSH Director, IFSH


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Online Registration Open for 2011 IFSH Annual Meeting


The Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), will hold its Annual Meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 11-12, 2011, at the Hyatt Lodge at McDonald's Campus in Oak Brook, Illinois.  


IFSH members and partners are invited to register online by October 3 for the meeting, where stakeholders get the opportunity to interact with experts from IFSH, FDA and industry. The program will cover topics such as new regulatory initiatives, upcoming FDA-IFSH collaborative efforts, new food-related activities at IIT, and an update on how IFSH is expanding to help members meet the challenges of today's food manufacturing environment.   


Check out our Member section at the IFSH website for details on hotel bookings, transportation, and more.




Nominations for 2011 IFSH Award Due September 16



Nominations are being accepted for the 2011 IFSH Award, which recognizes the achievements of an individual who has made "outstanding contributions to food safety across government, academia, and industry."


The 2011 award will be presented at the IFSH Annual Meeting on October 11 and will consist of an engraved plaque and gift. Nominations will be evaluated by a selection panel consisting of representatives from FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (FDA CFSAN), the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), and the food industry.


Previous award recipients are Dr. Jon DeVries, General Mills (2005), Dr. Michael Cirigliano, Unilever (2006), Dr. Richard Whiting, FDA/CFSAN (2007), and Dr. Katherine Swanson, Ecolab (2008), Dr. Paul Hall, AIV Microbiology and Food Safety Consultants (2009), and Mr. Daniel Brown, Hormel Foods (2010).  


The qualifications for nominees are: 

  • Must be actively involved in the field of food safety and technology within academia, government or industry.
  • Must have demonstrated outstanding contributions to food safety and technology across government, academia and industry.
  • Should be employed by a current member or collaborator of IFSH.

Nominations materials should include a cover letter and a copy of the candidate's CV and should provide specific information about length of service and positions held in the food safety and technology profession; leadership roles and specific achievements or accomplishments in food safety across academia, industry and government; educational activities in food safety and technology; and participation in IFSH activities.


Please submit your nomination(s) for the 2011 IFSH Award via e-mail by Friday, September 16, 2011 to Catherine Nnoka, IFSH Director of Operations Support.



IFSH Welcomes Five New Member Organizations   


IFSH is pleased to announce that five new members have joined the institute in recent months. Welcome all!


Alpha M.O.S.  Alpha MOS logo
An analytical instrumentation company that provides innovative and proprietary electronic nose, tongue and eye technology; analytical services for sensory and chemical assessment; a full range of chromatography instrumentation; and cutting-edge technologies in sample preparation, extraction, automation and chemical analysis.

Closure & Container Manufacturers Association
CCMA logo
Over the past 25 years, the CCMA has been the central point of connection for three primary sectors serving the global packaging industry: closures, containers and related packaging industry suppliers. 


ConAgra FoodsConAgra logo 

The Omaha, NE-based food manufacturer is organized into two businesses: Consumer Foods and Commercial Foods. ConAgra's consumer foods are found in 97 percent of America's households, and 25 of them are ranked first or second in their category.



A French engineering company founded in 1989 by Olivier Lepez and Philippe Sajet, specializing in innovation, equipment and processes for continuous thermal treatment of products such as cuts, herbs,  

chips, and powders for food, environmental and other  




A global leader focused on improving the health and safety of people and the environment by designing, manufacturing and delivering advanced technology solutions that address the world's most critical health  

and safety concerns, including maternal and fetal  

health, clean water and air, and safe food and toys.


The Vista InstituteThe Vista Institute

A company that intersects deep knowledge in the fresh food business with technology to provide solutions in product innovation and food safety in all elements from farm-to-fork.

Student Enrollment in Food Science and Technology Courses on the Rise for Fall 2011


Forty-seven new students enrolled in IFSH's Masters degree programs for the Fall 2011 semester, bringing the total to 129 students, up from 96 students in the fall of 2010.  


IFSH'S students represent 11 countries (China, Ghana, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Nigeria, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Thailand, and the US). Fifty-nine are Masters of Science in Food Safety and Technology (FST) and Food Process Engineering (FPE) candidates, 56 are Professional Master candidates (non- thesis option), seven are enrolled in FST and FPE certificate programs, five are enrolled in the Food Processing Specialist Certificate Program and two are taking classes on a non-degree basis.


IFSH is also hosting two post-docs this year from Fuzhou University of China and the China Agricultural University. Both are supported by scholarships from their universities, and will be working on projects in IFSH's collaborative research portfolio.


Conferences & Meetings  

Make plans to meet up with IFSH leaders and researchers at the following food science and trade conferences:


AOAC International 

Sept. 18-21, New Orleans, LA

IFSH Director Robert Brackett is this year's keynote speaker. 


IFSH Annual Meeting 

October 11-12, Hyatt Lodge, McDonald's Campus, Oak Brook, IL

Online registration is now open for members. 


Allergen Workshop on Managing Allergens in Dry Manufacturing 

October 13, Deloitte Offices, Chicago, IL 

This workshop, co-sponsored by Deloitte & Touche, LLC and IFSH, will feature key subject matter experts and food industry executives together to discuss challenges associated with the management of allergens balanced against operational, marketplace and regulatory demands and how to protect consumers and product brands.  


On the Road    

  • On July 18, IFSH Director Dr. Robert Brackett participated in an expert panel conducted by RTI International for FDA to address study needs identified in the Food Safety Modernization Act. Experts were asked to assess the ranking and attribution of foodborne illness risk associated with different food product categories and food facilities.
Illinois Institute of Technology's (IIT) Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) is a one-of-a-kind applied food research institute that provides stakeholders in government, industry and academia the opportunity to develop and exchange knowledge and expertise to address key issues in food safety, food defense and nutrition. Located at IIT's Moffett Campus in Bedford Park, IL, IFSH is also home to the FDA CFSAN Division of Food Processing Science and Technology. For more, visit