Shuster Laboratories to Present IFT Seminar on “Global Sourcing Quality Management(TM)”

Canton, MA, July 9, 2007 – Shuster Laboratories, an STR Group Company, will present a major seminar at IFT on “Global Sourcing Quality Management™” to help manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, and food service operators that want to ensure the highest level of confidence in their food ingredients, products, and systems. The seminar, which will be held on July 30, 2007 at the Chicago Hilton Hotel from 7:45 a.m. until 9:00 a.m., will address sourcing issues in China and beyond and provide hands on strategies for building an effective food safety program.

Specifically, the seminar will show companies how to:

• Develop an effective gap analysis to identify possible risks in their supply chain.

• Create a comprehensive farm-to-table sourcing and traceability program that allows companies to manage sourcing risks.

• Implement an inspection and auditing program for comprehensive quality systems management.

• Incorporate HACCP into their safety program to reduce and manage risk.

• Evaluate options for ingredient and finished product testing and understand the value of the data.

“Recent quality and safety issues with products sourced in China have amplified concern among
the industry and consumers. If a food company is buying ingredients overseas, directly or through an agent, then they must have a program in place to ensure product quality and safety at all critical points in the supply chain,” said Philip Katz, Senior Vice President at Shuster Laboratories.

Companies can register for the complimentary seminar by contacting Carrie Diforio at 800-444-8705, ext. 114 or via email at [email protected]. Shuster will be exhibiting at the IFT show at booth #1774.

Reporters are welcome to attend Shuster’s seminar and/or meet individually with representatives from Shuster to discuss these and/or other issues at their booth #1774. Please contact Amy Blumenthal at 617-879-1511 if you would like to set up a special meeting with Shuster or want to register for the seminar.

Shuster Laboratories, a Specialized Technology Resources (STR) company, is an independent provider of quality assurance testing, product development, and supply chain support services for a cross section of consumer product industries, including food and dietary supplements. STR, a privately held, U.S. owned company, is strategically located throughout the world in over 30 countries and on five continents. The STR Group Companies provide testing, audit, inspection, and responsible sourcing services and help ensure that clients have the highest level of confidence in the quality, safety, and social standards of their products and systems.

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