Understanding Critical Tracking Events and Key Data Elements
This webcast, scheduled for Feb. 15 at 12 p.m. Central time, will cover the motivation behind improving product tracing, and will provide attendees with a summary of IFT’s recommendations to FDA regarding effective product tracing systems. The concepts will be demonstrated by showing examples of critical tracking events and key data elements for different food product supply chains.

Face-to-Face: Meet Rene Massengale
In this month’s Face-to-Face series, we will be introducing you to Rene Massengale, Associate Professor of Biotechnology at Harrisburg University. Rene is a food and water quality scientist and university professor focused on promoting food safety and quality and supporting economic development through partnerships between academia and industry. In addition, she is leading the establishment of a new food safety and quality initiative at Harrisburg University. Learn where Rene believes the food industry is headed in 2011 in IFT’s Face-to-Face.

Descriptive Analysis: Coaching Matters
If you’ve ever had heartache and headache over descriptive panel performance, you’re not alone. One day you’re getting beautiful data that is explaining consumer’s preferences and guiding product developers, and then the next minute there are no differences where you expect them and large differences between two replications. Panels need discipline and dedicated time and attention for good performance. IFT member Katherine Nolen Oftedal, Sensory Spectrum Inc., shares her top five tips for creating and maintaining successful descriptive analysis panels. As an IFT member (login required), you can read Katherine’s discussion and share your own thoughts within the IFT Community.

Launching Your Career in Food Science
Are you a student who will be graduating and looking for a job soon? Or perhaps you are changing careers to the exciting field of food science and technology. Either way, you can get tips from an expert in IFT’s webcast with Moira McGrath, President and Founder of OPUS International Inc., an executive search firm specializing in the food science field. In this 45-minute webcast, Moira explains how to launch your career in food science.

Kelly Frederick,
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