INSTITUTE OF FOOD TECHNOLOGISTS                                     October  2001          No 38



Meeting Friday, November 2nd  -

Tour of Central Analytical Laboratories

Belle Chasse


The Louisiana Gulf Coast IFT meeting will start at 4:00 pm with a tour of the Central Analytical Laboratories/Genescan Laboratories complex at 101 Woodland Highway, Belle Chasse.  The tour will be limited to people with advance registration.  After the tour there will be a cocktail hour at 6:00 pm with a cash bar.  Dinner at Elmo’s Cajun Cuisine Restaurant, 2240 Belle Chasse Hwy, Gretna, LA, will follow.  Choices for the dinner will be Ribeye Steak with Stuffed Potato or Crabmeat Au Gratin , Crawfish Pie, Crab Fingers, Shrimp, and Fried Catfish.  Speaker at the meeting will be Mike Russell, President of Genescan Laboratories USA, Inc.  The topic of the talk is “Genetic Modified Food Analysis”.




                                    4:00 - 5:00 pm             Tour of the Central Analytical Laboratories

                                    5:15 - 6:00 pm             Cocktail Hour with cash bar

                                    6:00 - 7:00 pm             Dinner at Elmo’s Cajun Cuisine

                                    7:00 - 8:00 pm             Seminar presentation by Mike Russell



Text Box: NEXT MEETINGS - Tentative dates:
- Nov 28 or 30, 2001 and February 22, 2002
IFT Scientific lecturer and exciting tours
More details inside
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




Welcome to another year of activities with the LA Gulf Coast IFT.  We are quite fortunate to have a set of volunteers serving as section officers, and encourage more members to be involved in the organization.  We had a really good past year.  The section was awarded a certificate of merit from the national IFT in recognition of our meetings and fiscal management.  Thanks to our industry sponsors, the scholarship program is progressing well.  Three scholarships were awarded last year.  The program, however, needs more volunteers to serve in the technical review committee.


Activities and events planned for the year are quite exiting and informative.  The Chair Elect, Witoon Prinyawiwatkul has planned meetings and facility tours that include visits to the Analytical Laboratories in Bell Chasse, the Coca Cola bottling plant in Baton Rouge, the Boscoli Food Company in Kenner and the annual Crawfish Boil in Baton Rouge.  A number of distinguished speakers will be giving presentations at these meetings.  Check your newsletters for the meeting announcements. 


The Executive Committee at its last meeting determined the need to broaden and increase membership this year.  The national IFT has about 75% participation from industry.  Our section is one of the very few with limited industry participation.  We recently formed an Industry Liaison committee that will work to increase membership and sponsorship from different areas of the Louisiana food industry.  Please contact me if you would like to participate in this effort.  Efforts to mobilize students, particularly graduate students to join and participate in the section IFT events are underway.  Students are also being encouraged to do volunteer work that will expose them to the food industry, particularly the Louisiana manufacturing industry.  The local IFT offers a unique avenue to promote the Louisiana food and related industries.  Fatemmeh Malekian (malekif@pbrc.edu), Chair of the Membership Committee and other members of the Executive Committee will be happy to work with individuals or groups that would like to be involved in membership and section activities.


Please check our website http://www.ift.org/sections/gulf/index.htm periodically for updates on matters that affect your regional IFT section.  Comments and suggestions regarding the website should be directed to Joan King at atjking@agctr.lse.edu. We are looking forward a great year and hope to see you at the section meetings.  


































When:              Friday, November 2, 2001                                           Deadline for reservations -  October 31


Where:             Central Analytical Laboratories, CAL (*)

                        Belle Chasse Technical Center

                        101 Woodland Hwy

                        Belle Chasse, LA  70037


What:            - Tour of the Central Analytical Laboratories/Genescan Laboratories complex

                     - Cocktail Hour with a cash bar.

                     - Dinner at Elmo’s Cajun Cuisine Restaurant, 2240 Belle Chasse Hwy, Gretna, LA (Dinner choices: Ribeye Steak with Stuffed Potato or Crabmeat Au Gratin , Crawfish Pie, Crab Fingers, Shrimp, Fried Catfish).

                     - Seminar by Mike Russell, President of Genescan Laboratories USA, Inc. on the topic “Genetic Modified Food Analysis”.


Schedule:          4:00 - 5:00 pm             Tour of the Central Analytical Laboratories

                        5:15 - 6:00 pm             Cocktail Hour with cash bar

                        6:00 - 7:00 pm             Dinner at Elmo’s Cajun Cuisine

                        7:00 - 8:00 pm             Seminar presentation by Mike Russell


Registration:      $25 if paid by October 31; $27.50 at the door.


Cost:                Members $25.00

                        Students  $12.50


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 get to CAL are included from New Orleans and Baton Rouge.  The right hand side map of the page with directions from New Orleans shows the restaurant location and the right hand side map of the page with directions from Baton Rouge shows the CAL location.  CAL and restaurant are 5 min apart.




Name:  ______________________________________________________________________



Affiliation:   ___________________________________________________________________



Please reserve  ________  dinners                 Member _______                    Student _______


Deadline for registration is October 31, 2001.












Seminar Speaker: J. Michael Russell



Tulane University   B.S. in Geology, 1970

University of Houston,  Ed.D. Science Education and Administration, 1980

Relevant Experience:

Since 1981 has been involved with various aspects of sampling, inspecting and testing of international shipments of agricultural and food products and with chemical, microbiological, and now DNA testing of food products. During this time the group of businesses has grown from four employees to the present multi-million dollar operation.

The Russell Marine Group - Managing Partner                                   1981 to Present

Inspection, sampling and logistical support for shipments of bulk commodities, especially agricultural. 

Central Analytical Laboratories, Inc. – President                                 1988 to Present

Chemical and microbiological testing services, specializing in food and agricultural commodities.

GeneScan USA, Inc. -  President                                                            1998 to Present

A laboratory specializing in the analysis of food and agricultural commodities for the presence of genetically modified material. The company started in 1998 as a joint venture between Central Analytical and GeneScan Europe. IN 2000 it was restructured as a wholly owned subsidiary of GeneScan Europe.



Next meeting on November 28 or 30, 2001


The second meeting of the LA Gulf Coast IFT section will tentatively be held in late November 2001, in Baton Rouge, either Wednesday the 28th or Friday the 30th.  Following a social hour at the Faculty Club at LSU, Dr. Robert J. Price will present a seminar entitled "Safety of Seafood Products".  There will also be a tour to the Coca Cola bottling plant located in Baton Rouge. 


Third meeting on February 22, 2002


The first meeting of the year 2002 will tentatively take place February 22, and will include a tour to the Kleinpeter Farms, in Baton Rouge.  Following the tour, Dr. A.V.A. Resurreccion, an IFT Scientific Speaker, from the University of Georgia will give a talk entitled “Beyond Demographics: Understanding Food Preferences through Consumer Testing."











IFT International Food Safety and Quality Conference and Expo


IFT’s next International Food Safety and Quality Conference and Expo will be held February 20-22, 2002 in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.  Designed to augment the IFT Annual Meeting & IFT Food Expo®, conference sessions will explore in-depth the safety and quality of fresh fruits, vegetables, and other commodities and issues in the food service and retail sectors.  An expo will feature exhibits by leading suppliers of instruments, packaging systems, processing technologies, and professional services.  The event will include poster presentations and tours such as the University of Georgia Center for Food Safety and Quality Enhancement in Griffin.  The conference program and registration and hotel reservation details are accessible at http://www.iftfoodsafety.com.





IFT Videoconference


The details have just been finalized for an exciting IFT videoconference coming up on Tuesday, October 23, 2001, at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time.  The videoconference is entitled "Food Industry Initiatives in Controlling Food Allergens: Are They Enough?" and features two excellent speakers: Dr. Stephen L. Taylor, Professor and Head, Department of Food Science, University of Nebraska, and Dr. Thomas D. Trautman, Principal Scientist, Toxicology and Regulatory Affairs, General Mills, Inc.


For more details and detailed instructions on participating, please see www.ift.org/video or please email Paul D. Grassman at pdgrassman@ift.org.





Latest news and developments from The Institute of Food Technologists



Kraft Foods completes research center

Kraft Foods, the largest U.S. food company, celebrated the completion of a three-year, multi-million dollar construction/renovation project at its 471,000-sq. ft. Glenview, Ill., Research and Development Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony on August 30, 2001.


New food products page updated

Some of the new products being introduced in the US, Kraft Foods has extended its Jell-O Gelatin Dessert collection with a new line of "Magical" varieties.  Heinz launches new Funky Purple EZ Squirt Ketchup. Doritos Extreme Tortilla Chips to come in two new varieties: Bold BBQ and Zesty Sour Cream & Cheddar.


U.S. household food spending declines

The USDA Economics Research Service issued a report on "Household Food Spending by Selected Demographics in the 1990s" The report stated that average per-person total food expenditures, adjusted for inflation, declined about 7% between 1990 and 1998, from $2,189 to $2,037.



CDC reports on foodborne diseases

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued their annual update of list of infectious and communicable diseases that are transmitted through handling the food supply.


FDA posts shell egg safety requirements

The FDA's Center for Food Safety and Nutrition has announced the availability of a compliance guide, entitled, "Food Labeling: Safe Handling Statements, Labeling of Shell Eggs; Refrigeration of Shell Eggs Held for Retail Distribution."


First BSE case in Asia

In the wake of a dairy cow on a farm in Chiba near Tokyo, Japan testing positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy, Japan's animal health ministry began checking feed plants and asked local authorities to check all cattle for BSE.


IFT 2001 Annual Meeting webcasts feature food safety

Four sessions featuring experts in food safety as they spoke at the IFT 2001 Annual Meeting in New Orleans on June 23-27, 2001 are now available online. They include the speaker’s audio, synchronized with the slides, written transcript, and photograph. The online sessions will be available for one year.


U.S. and Mexico reach food safety agreement

Leading officials from the U.S. and Mexican governments signed a cooperative arrangement that will attempt to improve the safety of the food supplies in both nations.


Mislabeling prompts Healthy Choice soup recall

ConAgra Grocery Products recalled about 290,000 lb of chicken and rice soup due to mislabeling. The labels fail to list eggs and wheat flour as ingredients, which are two common allergens.


New food products:

In the UK, Allied Frozen Foods introduced Pasteurized  Double Cream , frozen sticks of pasteurized double cream to enrich soup, coffee or  desserts.  Also in the UK, Intercontinental Brands has recently launched Ant, a drink containing fruit juice and red and black mountain ants!  Kroger introduces Cinnamon Hot Shots, cinnamon ice cream with soft gel cinnamon.  New in Brazil under the Nestle brand are Farinha Lactea Krokitos, fried puffed snacks made with milk formula.  Also from Nestle, recently launched in the Philippines is Non Stop Ube cheese fusion.  It is a cheese flavored ice cream with cheese pieces, decorative ube (purple yam) ice cream rosettes, ube ripples and butter cookie bits.  Scanegg has launched Eggxtra , a breakfast/snack drink that is made from orange, low-lactose milk and egg.  In Austria, Red Bull has launched LunAqua...In the US, Dixie Diners Club Beef Not! Ground is said to be an excellent source of potassium and is animal-, sugar-, dairy-, and gluten free.


CDC reports on diabetes and obesity epidemics

The Centers for Disease Control has reported that the decade of the 90's witnessed a dramatic increases in diabetes and obesity in the United States, and at the same time, Americans showed little improvement in eating habits or increasing their physical activity.



Experts to assess food allergy potential of GM foods

Food allergy and genetically modified crops experts as well as  other scientists, physicians, and government regulators will meet for a workshop, "Assessment of the Allergenic Potential of Genetically Modified Foods."


Company develops self-heating multi-meal packages

Ontro, Inc., Poway, Calif., which has developed a patented technology for producing fully contained, self- heating containers, announced it received a directive from the United States Army to begin the prototyping and delivery of self-heating group ration packages.


FDA permits antimicrobial agent on poultry

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is amending the food additive regulations to provide for the safe use of a mixture of peroxyacetic acid, octanoic acid, acetic acid, hydrogen peroxide, peroxyoctanoic acid, and 1-hydroxyethylidene-1,1-diphosphonic acid as an antimicrobial agent on poultry carcasses, poultry parts, and organs.








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Text Box: Inside: Meeting Notice for November 2, 2001.











LA-Gulf Coast Section IFT Newsletter

c/o Isabel Lima


1100 Robert E. Lee Blvd.

New Orleans, LA 70124




Directions                                                                                                                                                    Miles

1. Start out going West on ROBERT E LEE BLVD

2. Take the I-610 EAST/I-10 EAST ramp either from Canal or Pontchartrain Blvd                                          1.8

3. Keep LEFT at the fork in the ramp and merge onto I-10 E.                                                                           3.1

4. Take the US-90/US-90 Business exit (exit number 234A), on the left towards Westbank/Superdome/Clairborne Ave.                                                                                                                                                                    0.3

5. Merge onto US-90 BR W.                                                                                                                           0.4

6. US-90 BR W becomes US-90 BR W/Pontchartrain EXWY.                                                                     1.7

7. Take US-90 BR W/Crescent City Connection/Greater New Orleans Bridge.                                        0.7

8. US-90 BR W/Crescent City Connection/Greater New Orleans Bridge becomes Westbank EXWY.            0.6

9. Westbank EXWY becomes US-90 BR W.                                                                                                  0.3

10. Take the Terry PKWY exit.                                                                                                                       0.2

11. Keep STRAIGHT at the fork in the ramp and merge onto Terry PKWY.                                                   3.2

12. Turn LEFT onto BELLE CHASSE HWY/LA-23 S.                                                                                 1.7

13. Belle Casse HWY/LA-23 S/Belle Chasse Tunnel becomes Belle Casse HWY /LA-23 S.                   1.1

14. Turn LEFT and then turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto Woodland HWY/LA-406.                                               0.0






If you are coming from Baton Rouge:


Follow the same directions after you take I-10 E.

You will drive approximately 80 miles on I-10 till you exit onto US-90.