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Ensuring Food Safety Drives International Conference

CHICAGO - With increasing public concern about the safety and security of the food supply domestically and abroad, the not-for-profit scientific society Institute of Food Technologists is bringing together leading industry, academia and government experts to address mounting challenges of food safety at the second annual IFT International Food Safety and Quality Conference and Expo.

The three-day conference, "Engineering Success: Mastering the Science of Food From Producer to Consumer" Nov. 5-7 in Orlando, Fla., will provide a powerful forum for the complete analysis of food safety and security topics, and a focused and effective exchange on safety and quality among food-related professionals.

Running concurrently, a two-day exposition will feature exhibits by suppliers of instruments, professional services, processing technologies and packaging systems, all designed to protect and ensure food safety and quality. The schedule of events is as follows:

Wednesday, Nov. 5
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. - Conference Technical Sessions 4:30-7:00 p.m. - Exhibits, Posters and Networking Reception

Thursday, Nov. 6
8:30-10:30 a.m. - Exhibits, Posters and Networking Breakfast 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. - Conference Technical Sessions
1-3 p.m. - Exhibits, Posters and Networking Lunch
3-5 p.m. - Conference Sessions

Friday, Nov. 7
8 a.m.-12 Noon - Conference Technical Sessions

Technical sessions at the conference will include, but are not limited to: Pre-harvest controls - a first step in assuring a safe food supply; New and alternative technologies for microbial control to increase safety and quality; Reaching the consumer with food safety information.

A comprehensive roster of technical session topics, and exhibitors registered for the expo, is available online at, A roster of technical session participants is available upon request.


Founded in 1939, the Institute of Food Technologists is a non-profit scientific society with 28,000 members working in food science, technology and related professions in industry, academia and government. As the society for food science and technology, IFT brings sound science to the public discussion of food issues. For more on IFT, see

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