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Issue 8        

March 2012  



Today, March 8, marks National Agriculture Day 2012. According to the Agriculture Council of America, which organizes the event, each year producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America join together to recognize the contributions of agriculture. As a member of the Alliance to Feed the Future, an organization coordinated by the International Food Information Council (IFIC), IIT IFSH was counted among those marking the day in a press release issued by the group.  


The mission of the Alliance to Feed the Future is to multiply the impact of separate efforts that build understanding of food production and technology issues among key stakeholders to balance the public dialogue on modern agriculture and large-scale food production. IIT IFSH is proud to be a part of this coalition, whose goals are so in line with our institute's core values: to promote agriculture and food across all sectors of the food value chain in a coordinated effort, and to tell the true story of modern food production. I encourage you to visit the alliance's website and find out more about how organizations like ours are making a difference .      


Best regards,


Robert E. Brackett, PhD

IIT Vice President and IFSH Director 




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Illinois Institute of Technology's Institute for Food Safety and Health (IIT IFSH) will coordinate the Sprout Safety Alliance (SSA)

designed to assist sprout growers and producers in identifying and implementing best practices in the safe production of sprouts.


The Sprout Safety Alliance is a one-year, $100,000 partnership grant funded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Foods through the IIT IFSH-FDA collaborative agreement. The alliance will be housed at IIT IFSH, which introduced in 2011 a groundbreaking audit checklist to improve sprout safety along with on-site beta test results validating its effectiveness in a real-world setting via the institute's Sprout Safety Task Force.


The new public-private organization will develop core curriculum, training and outreach programs for stakeholders in the sprout production community to enhance the industry's understanding and implementation of pending sprout safety regulatory requirements.


The alliance coordinators are Stephen Grove, Ph.D., IIT IFSH Manager, Industry Projects, and Joy Johanson, MPH, Consumer Safety Officer, FDA's Center for Food Safety and Nutrition (CFSAN). The SSA Steering Committee consists of representatives from IIT IFSH, federal and state government agencies, academia, and trade associations. Development of subcommittees, governance and structure of the SSA are in progress.


IIT IFSH will host web pages for the alliance's progress updates. Materials are expected to become available in March 2012.


For a full press release announcing the SSA launch, please visit the IIT IFSH News page. Click here for details and fact sheets from FDA about the SSA and other FDA-related Alliances.



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IIT's Summer 2012 semester begins June 4, 2012 and ends July 28, 2012. The following IFSH Graduate Program courses will be held at IIT's Main Campus. Registration for these courses closes May 30. Please visit our website for full course descriptions, links and registration details.


FST/FPE 504-Food Biotechnology 

Instructor: Wei Zhang, PhD 
Monday and Wednesday, 5:00 to 7:30 pm

FST/FPE 522-Advanced Food Process Engineering 

Instructor: Kathiravan Krishnamurthy, PhD

Tuesday and Thursday, 5:00 to 7:30 pm

FST/FPE 597701-Short Course

Instructor: Richard Schell, JD 

June 5-7, 2012, 8:00 am to 5pm

Download the 2012-13 Food Processing Specialist Certificate Program Course Schedule


An August 2012-April 2013 course schedule for IIT IFSH's Food Processing Specialist Certificate program is now available for download online on the IFSH website. Students must complete the application process by July 30. Application forms also are available online in downloadable format.


For more information on IIT IFSH educational programs, please contact Renee McBrien, Manager, Education and Outreach, at 708.563.8287.   




Industry Members on the Move


CMC Kuhnke

CMC-Kuhnke, Inc. has joined IIT IFSH as a corporate member. For 40 years, CMC-KUHNKE has been focused on measurement solutions exclusively within the packaging industry-often introducing ground breaking new products years before they have been offered elsewhere.    

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Malt-O-Meal Changes Name and Corporate Identity to MOM Brands  


IIT IFSH corporate member Malt-O-MealŪ Company announced the introduction of its new   MOM Brands™ corporate name and identity in February in a move to better showcase its growing house of brands to retailers and consumers, and to better reflect the company that it is today. 


For more information about becoming an industry member of IIT IFSH, please contact Armand Paradis, Director, Business Development.     



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Register Today for the Early Bird Discount Rate

Mycotoxin Symposium

April 12, 2012 | Crowne Plaza, Chicago O'Hare | Rosemont, IL


IIT's Institute for Food Safety and Health and the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Food Research Institute are partnering to host a one-day symposium designed for food safety and quality assurance professionals involved in the processing and production of grain and grain-based ingredients and finished food and beverage products.  


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For a full roster of speakers and presentation titles, along with the day's agenda, please visit the     Events page at the IFSH website. 



Space is limited. Click here for online registration and take advantage of the early bird rate!



Early Bird Rate (available through March 9):  $250

Regular Rate (March 10-March 20):  $325



Take advantage of our special discounted hotel rate by using the Group Name "Mycotoxin Symposium" when you call 877.337.5793, or access the Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare website.



Contact LaShondra Stephens at




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New Publications      

 Molecular Nutrition Journal

A new research study, "Protective Activity of Processed Tomato Products on Postprandial Oxidation and Inflammation: A Clinical Trial in Healthy Weight Men and Women," has been published online by Wiley Publishing's journal, Molecular Nutrition and Food Research.


This study, conducted by IIT IFSH Center for Nutrition researchers Britt Burton-Freeman, Julie Talbot, Eunyoung Park, Sandhya Krishnankutty and Indika Edirisinghe, suggests a potentially important protective role of tomato in reducing cardiovascular disease risk. Click here to download the Wiley Early View version of the paper at the IFSH website.   


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IIT IFSH is a sponsor of IFT's annual Wellness Conference to be held at the Intercontinental Chicago O'Hare, March 28-29. The meeting offers attendees a unique blend of unbiased perspectives, news about emerging trends, and information on how other organizations within the food industry are penetrating the health and wellness sector. Please stop by the IIT IFSH tabletop display to speak with IFSH's Center for Nutrition Senior Scientist Indika Edirisinghe, PhD, and Director, Business Development Armand Paradis about nutrition research opportunities. 

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Special Webinar Discount for IIT IFSH Members  and Partners 


IIT IFSH has partnered with the Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) for a March 15 webinar, FSMA Recordkeeping Requirements: Are You Prepared?. As a partner IFSH members/stakeholders will receive a 10% discount. Register online as "Partner: IFSH" to take advantage of the discounted pricing of $224.   


FSMA Recordkeeping Requirements: Are You Prepared?

Thursday, March 15, 2012 | 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. ET


It's been just over a year since President Obama signed the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) into law. One component of implementation includes preparing for new requirements for recordkeeping accessibility and maintenance. With these new provisions comes a variety of new recordkeeping requirements for food suppliers and manufacturers. Knowledge of these recordkeeping requirements is critical and it is imperative that all food manufacturers are aware of the consequences of noncompliance. This webinar presents an in-depth look at the new recordkeeping requirements.


This webinar will address:

  • The historical context of what was required prior to enactment and the new record requirements under FSMA
  • Exploring future FDA inspections under FSMA preventive controls
  • Devising strategies for preparing and implementing record maintenance and access programs
  • Understanding how to start responding to record requests

Who Should Attend: Food manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, retailers, regulators, compliance and legal professionals, and quality affairs personnel who interact with FDA during inspections.  

Illinois Institute of Technology's (IIT) Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) is a one-of-a-kind applied food science 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