Food safety issues have become regular headlines on the evening news. And with an increasing number of conflicting messages, public concerns are mounting worldwide about the safety and security of our food supply. Conflicting information, changes in government standards, increasing awareness of food safety issues, and global food industry challenges reveal the urgent need for practical solutions to the neverending demand for perfection in the food supply.

The Institute of Food Technologists’ 3rd International Food Safety and Quality Conference & Expo— “Engineering Success: Mastering the Science of Food from Producer to Consumer”—will be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., on November 5–7, 2003. The three-day conference will offer unmatched opportunities to collaborate with food safety colleagues in a venue sure to attract a global audience of leading industry practitioners. It will provide a forum to address pressing food safety challenges, promoting an international exchange of information and ideas about safety and quality among food professionals. And the accompanying two-day Expo will feature exhibits by leading suppliers of instruments, equipment, materials, professional services, and processing and packaging technologies, all designed to protect and ensure food safety and quality.

In addition to the program detailed below, posters will be presented that closely parallel the subject areas covered in the conference sessions. Deadline for receipt of requests to submit poster papers is October 6, 2003. For more information about poster presentations or registration, visit the conference Web site at www.iftfood or call IFT at 800–438–3663.

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