IFT December 2013 Media Update

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Media Update contains highlights from Food Technology magazine and other information from IFT. Copies of scientific papers are available to journalists upon request. Please attribute content to the Institute of Food Technologists.

December 12, 2013

To: Reporters, Editors, Producers and Bloggers

From: IFT Media Relations

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Media Update contains highlights from Food Technology magazine, Journal of Food Science, Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety and other information from IFT. Copies of scientific papers are available to journalists upon request. Please attribute content to the Institute of Food Technologists. 

IFT MEDIA CONTACTS:
Stephanie Callahan—Media Relations Manager, 312-604-0273, scallahan@ift.org
Mindy Weinstein—Director of Media Relations, 312-604-0231, mweinstein@ift.org

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TOPICS IN THIS UPDATE:
Food Technology Magazine: Calming Ingredients, Sound and Taste, Food Waste
Journal of Food Science: Antimicrobials Derived from Pecan Shell Extracts, Oregano Oil Effect on Sunflower Seeds
Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety: History of Ethnic Foods in the U.S.

Consumer News

Stressed Out? Calming Ingredients Help Consumers to Relax
In today’s fast-paced society consumers are looking for many different ways to de-stress, relax and slow down. In the December issue of Food Technology magazine published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), Contributing Editor Linda Milo Ohr writes about several ingredients and beverages that may have a calming effect when consumed.

Read the full press release here
Read the Food Technology article here

History of Ethnic Foods in the United States
A review paper in the January 2014 issue of Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) reveals some interesting statistics about the history of popular ethnic foods in the United States.

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Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety will publish soon. Please contact IFT Media Relations to request an advance copy.

Perspective Column: Food Dating and Food Waste
An estimated 40 percent of food in the United States goes uneaten (Hall et al., 2009), with the average American consumer wasting 10 times as much food as the average consumer in Southeast Asia (Gunders, 2012).

IFT members Theodore P. Labuza, PhD and Dana Gunders, PhD collaborate in this month’s Food Technology Perspective to discuss the inconsistent communication process of food product date labels which are largely misinterpreted as indicators for food being unsafe for consumption. The authors explain the implications on financial and natural resources due to food label confusion as well as the potential benefits for ending food insecurity if there was more federal government oversight over the process.

To read the full Perspective here

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Holiday Food Safety
IFT has several food safety experts that are happy to discuss holiday food safety—from how long you can leave food out on the buffet to tips about cooking holiday roasts to the proper temperature.

Trends for 2014
IFT’s varied food experts and spokespeople are available to discuss food science technology and agriculture trends in 2014 from a wide range of topic areas such as new ingredients, the global food supply, food trends and more.

Trade News

It Sounds Tasty!
The sound a food makes when it’s consumed is one of the most important sensory factors that influence whether a consumer will enjoy it or not. In the December issue of Food Technology magazine published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), IFT Fellow Neil H. Mermelstein writes about the process of sound-testing the textures of different foods as well as recent developments in the sensory industry.

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Read the Food Technology article here

Pecan Shell Extracts May Provide Antimicrobial Option for Preventing Listeria in Organic Meats
The majority of consumers that eat or buy organic products do not want synthetic antimicrobials or antioxidants added to their foods and prefer a “clean label”. A study in the Journal of Food Science published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) showed that extracts from pecan shells may be effective at protecting meats, such as chicken from listeria growth.

Read the full press release here
Read the Journal of Food Science abstract here

Oregano Oil May Help Sunflower Seeds Keep Longer
Sunflower seeds and sunflower oils have been shown to decrease risk of cardiovascular disease as well as have potential beneficial effects on obesity, bone health, and blood pressure. However their high protein and fat content mean they can have a short shelf-life. A study in the Journal of Food Science published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) showed that the addition of oregano essential oils to sunflower seeds preserved their positive sensory attributes and freshness quality.

Read the full press release here
Read the Journal of Food Science abstract here

IFT News

IFT Books
The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) recently released three food-science related books published by Wiley-Blackwell.

  • Advances in Dairy Ingredients
    Edited by: Geoffrey W. Smithers and Mary Ann Augustin
    Advances in Dairy Ingredients highlights recent developments in dairy ingredients, products, and technologies through contributing essays from international food scientists, industry specialists, and marketers.
  • Food Irradiation Research and Technology, 2nd edition
    Edited by Xuetong Fan and Christopher H. Sommers
    Food Irradiation Research and Technology, 2nd edition, delivers new information on fish, fruit, meat, nuts, and vegetable irradiation technologies. Including new chapters on irradiation chemistry, some of the other expanded topics in the book are public health benefits of irradiation, phytosanitary application, and consumer acceptance of food irradiation.

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Contact Us

Mindy Weinstein

Director, Media Relations

Phone 312.604.0231
Fax 312.596.5631
Email: mweinstein@ift.org 

Stephanie Callahan

Media Relations Manager

Phone 312-604-0273
Fax 312.596.5631
Email: scallahan@ift.org