Volume 10 March 1999 Number 4
A message from the Co-Chairs
Many thanks to the 96 members who responded to our survey! We learned that the topic and speaker most influence your attendance, Wednesdays and Thursdays are the best meeting days (Every other month is fine.), you like to "do lunch," our reasonably priced meetings reduce cost as a factor in attendance, D.C. venues are preferred, half of you come by Metro, the meeting notices are a little late for 400io of you, and your top favorite topics in order are: Food policy, regulations, and legislation, Food safety/microbiology, Fun topics, New product development, food science. International food trade, and Codex.
Coming to www.ift.org even as you read this message is the entire Annual Meeting program. Check it out!
Those of you who enjoy hearing about food safety issues will want to attend the IFT videoconference starring Drs. Michael Doyle of the University of Georgia and Morris Potter, new Director of FDA's Food Safety Initiative. See details elsewhere.
And speaking of food safety, our next program looks at HACCP and the commodities, and we'll have a great lunch and some door prizes to boot.
"HACCP CHASES THE Commodities"
It's caught seafood, but what about the others?
The April meeting of the Washington DC section of IE'T will focus on regulatory aspects of HACCP. Our speakers are drawn from various Trade Associations in DC and are strongly positioned to discuss the impact of HACCP legislation on their respective industries. Ms. Donna Garren, United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association, will represent the produce industry, Dr. Alien Matthys, National Food Processors Association, will discuss the effect on the juice industry, Dr. Jill Snowdon, Egg Nutrition Center, will talk about the impact on the egg industry and Mr Bob Collette, National Fisheries Institute, will discuss seafood. This promises to be an informative meeting. A flier and registration materials can be found below. We look forward to seeing you for lunch at NFPA on April 8.
IFT Food Safety videoconference
Bruce Stillings, IFT President, has announced an exciting videoconference on "Emerging Issues in Food Safety" to be held on Tuesday April 6, 1999, at 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Eastern time. This videoconference is offered specifically for IFT sections, universities, and other interested organizations. The one hour program is divided into three segments of approximately twenty minutes each. In the first segment, Dr. Michael P. Doyle, Director, Center for Food Safety and Quality Enhancement, Univeristy of Georgia will provide a technical perspective on food safety emerging issues. In the second segment, Dr. Morris E. Potter, new Director of FDA's Food Safety Initiative, will speak on the regulatory perspectives. Dr. Potter was appointed to this position on January 8, 1999. The third segment will be an interactive question and answer period with questions offered from all participating sites. For further information, check the IFT website at www.ift.org/video. In our area, you can participate at the HQ Business Center, 13th St, NW, Suite 950. See below for registration details. Look forward to seeing you there.
KEEPING PACE WITH A CHANGING FOOD SUPPLY
The 23rd National Databank conference, AKeeping Pace with a Changing Food Supply" will be held on April 16, 1999 at 8:30am to 5:15pm in Washington DC, as a satellite conference to Experimental Biology '99. To register for the conference, please send following information to David Haytowitz by e-mail (dhaytowitz@rbhnrc. usda. gov) fax (301-734-5643): Name, Organization, Address, phone number, fax number, Number, address. There is no registration fee but pre-registration is required to guarantee a seat. For more information (including program), visit the web page (www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/conf)
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE NEWS
The executive committee is looking for individuals to volunteer for Chair-Elect for next year. The winner will serve as Program Coordinator for one year.
WINNERS FROM MEMBERSHIP SURVEY
The following individuals names were picked as winners for our membership survey contest:
Etta Sue Haggerty
Winners receive free registration to the meeting of their choice.
DC IFT Presents
"HACCP CHASES THE COMMODITIES"
It's caught seafood, but what about the others?
"HACCP for eggs?"
"Is HACCP the only key to juice safety?"
"HACCP for Seafood"
Food Processors Association
(McPherson Sq Metro, 14th St exit)
Thursday April 8, 1999
$20 for members and non-members
|FAX or phone registration form by April 1 to Jim Heimbach, phone # 703-516-2362; fax # 703-516-2390 (if you do not show up you will be billed).|
IFT Food Safety Videoconference
Dr. Morris Potter
Dr. Michael Doyle,
(Metro Center/l3th St exit. look for Nations Bank bldg with flags, across from Hecht's)
Tuesday April 6, 1999
Free, Seating is limited, first come, first served.
|FAX or phone registration form by April 5 to Dr. Barbara Blakistone, phone # 202-639-5981; fax #202-639-5991.|
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