INSTITUTE OF FOOD TECHNOLOGISTS                         November  2001                    No 39



Meeting Wednesday, November 28  -

Tour of the Community Coffee Plant

Port Allen



The Louisiana Gulf Coast IFT meeting will start at 2:00 pm with a tour of the Community Coffee plant located in Port Allen.  After the tour there will be a cocktail hour at the Faculty Club at LSU at 5:00 pm with a cash bar.  Dinner in the LSU Club Room, Faculty Club will follow.  Choices for the dinner will be Chicken Cordon Blue with supreme sauce or Beef Bourguignonne, served with rice pilaf and steam fresh vegetable medley.  The entrée comes with a waldorf salad, Italian cream cake and drink (water and iced-tea).  Speaker at the meeting will be Dr. Robert J. Price, Professor at University of California Davis.  The seminar is entitled " Safety and Regulatory Aspects of Seafood Products”.




                                    2:00 - 4:00 pm             Tour of the Community Coffee plant

                                    5:00 - 6:00 pm             Cocktail Hour at the LSU Faculty Club

                                    6:00 - 7:00 pm             Dinner at LSU Faculty Club

                                    7:00 - 8:00 pm             Seminar presentation by Dr. Robert J. Price



Text Box: NEXT MEETING - Tentative date:
- February 22, 2002
IFT Scientific lecturer and exciting tour
Be sure to mark your calendars




Visit our website:        www.ift.org/sections/gulf/index.htm


To contact the newsletter:  Isabel Lima  (504)-286-4515    Fax: (504) 286-4419     imlima@srrc.ars.usda.gov



Chair  (8/2002)
Dr. Olusola Lamikanra
Southern Regional Res. Ctr.
P.O. Box 19687
New Orleans, LA  70179

Chair-Elect (8/2002)
Dr. Witoon Prinyawiwatkul
LSU Dept. of Food Science
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
(225)-388-5188; FAX (225)-388-5300

Secretary (8/2002)
Dr. Isabel Lima
Southern Regional Res. Ctr.
P.O. Box 19687
New Orleans, LA  70179

Treasurer (8/2000)
John Reuther
Central Analytical Laboratories
101 Woodland Hwy
Belle Chasse, LA  70037
(504)-393-5264 ; FAX(504)-393-5268

Mary An Godshall (8/2002)
Sugar Processing Research Inst. Inc.
1100 Robert E. Lee Blvd.
New Orleans, LA  70124
(504)286-4329; FAX (403)282-5387

Daniel E. Martin (8/2002)
LSU Coop. Extension Service
Baton Rouge, LA  70803
(225) 388-2229;  FAX(225)334-3752


Ruth M. Patrick (8/2002)
LSU Coop. Extension Service
Baton Rouge, LA  70894
(504) 388-1425; FAX (504) 769-7159

Alt. Councilor:  
Kenneth W. McMillin (8/2002)
LSU Dept. of Animal Science
Baton Rouge, LA  70803
(505) 388-3438; FAX (504) 388-3279

COMMITTEES (2001/2002)

Membership: Fatemeh Malekian
Newsletter: Isabel Lima
Nominations: Joan King
Program: Witoon Prinyawiwatkul
Publicity: Ruth Patrick
Student Affairs: Janette Saidu
Scholarships: John Reuther and Javed Rash
Science Fair:  Joan King
Web Site committee: Joan King

Seminar Speaker: Dr. Robert J. Price


Dr. Price received his B.A. degree in Microbiology from the University of Minnesota and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Food Science from Oregon State University.


Dr. Price joined the University of California in January 1974 as an Extension Specialist, Seafood Products with the Cooperative Extension/Sea Grant Extension Program.  He is housed in the Food Science & Technology Department on the UC-Davis Campus.


As a Seafood Technology Specialist, Dr. Price provides technical information and assistance to the California seafood industry and federal, state and local agencies on processing, quality control, seafood safety, sanitation, and waste management.  He also assists food editors, home economists, nutritionists, dieticians, and consumers on seafood safety, handling, and home preservation.


Dr. Price serves on the Steering Committee of the Seafood HACCP Alliance of Education and Training.  This Alliance of government regulators, seafood industry representatives, and Sea Grant Seafood Specialists developed the HACCP training materials and courses for educating seafood processors and importers.


Dr. Price’s research interest includes seafood processing technology, quality improvement, and waste management.  He has authored or co-authored over 150 popular and scientific publications on seafood technology.


Dr. Price is a Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists, and a member of the Pacific Fisheries Technologists, just to name a few.



Next meeting on February 22, 2002


The third meeting of the LA Gulf Coast IFT section will be held in late February 2001.  Tentative plans include a tour to Kleinpeter Farms, in Baton Rouge and a talk “Beyond Demographics: Understanding Food Preferences through Consumer Testing." given by Dr. A.V.A. Resurreccion, an IFT Scientific Speaker, from the University of Georgia.






When:              Wednesday, November 28, 2001                                 Deadline for reservations -  November 23


Where:             Community Coffee

Port Allen Plant

                        1833 La. Hwy 1 South

                        Port Allen, LA 70767


What:            - Tour of the Community Coffee.

                     - Cocktail Hour with a cash bar.

                     - Dinner at the Faculty Club, The Club Room, LSU, Highland Road at Raphael Semmes Road, Baton Rouge LA 70803.

                        (Choices of Meal:  Chicken Cordon Blue with supreme sauce or Beef Bourguignonne, served with rice pilaf and steam fresh vegetable medley.  The entrée comes with a waldorf salad, Italian cream cake and drink (water and iced-tea)

                     - Seminar by Dr. Robert J. Price, Professor in the Food Science & Technology Department on the UC-Davis Campus, on the topic “Safety and Regulatory Aspects of Seafood Products”.


Schedule:          2:00 - 4:00 pm             Tour of the Community Coffee plant * (please be on time)

                        5:00 - 6:00 pm                         Cocktail Hour with cash bar

                        6:00 - 7:00 pm                         Dinner at LSU Faculty Club

                        7:00 - 8:00 pm                         Seminar presentation by Dr. Robert J. Price


Registration:      $22 for members and $11 for students by November 23.


Reservations:    Call or fax registration to Dr. Witoon Prinyawiwatkul, LSU, phone (225)-388-5188, FAX (225)-388-5300 or email: wprinya@unix1.sncc.lsu.edu .  Please send a payment (cash or check payable to LA Gulf Coast IFT) to Dr. Witoon Prinyawiwatkul at LSU Dept. of Food Science, Baton Rouge, LA 70803.


(*) Driving directions to Community Coffee: Travel West on I-10 toward Lafayette, Exit Hwy 1 North (Port Allen exit #153).  It will be a right exit, near the foot of the bridge (Lafayette side).  At the first light, make a right U-turn onto the Service road.  Follow that road under the bridge and the Community Coffee is on the left.





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Student Awards


Subramaniam Sathivel, a Ph.D. student, was selected as a recipient of the 2001-2002 IFT Graduate Fellowship ($1,250), sponsored by the Haarmann & Reimer.


Sabina Maza-Gomez won the 2nd place of the 2001 Graduate Paper Competition, Biotechnology Division at the 2001 IFT Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.  The title of the paper is “Increased Ester Production in Rum Distillates Using Propionibacterium thoenii and Clostridium propionicum Stillage fermentations” by Maza-Gomez, S., Kampen, W. H., and Prinyawiwatkul, W.





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Text Box: Inside: Meeting Notice for November 28, 2001.












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