Current Food Industry Hiring Trends for Students and Professionals
This webcast, scheduled for May 26 at 12 p.m. Central time, will give a high level understanding of the current food science job market for professionals and recent graduates. Current students will receive advice on how to best prepare for seeking employment after graduation. Webcast participants will gather information on how the 2011 IFT Annual Meeting and Food Expo® can assist with employment, including how to navigate the Food Expo, Career Fair, and various networking opportunities throughout the conference.

Face-to-Face: Meet Bridget McClatchey
In this month’s Face-to-Face series, we will be introducing you to Bridget McClatchey, Senior Technologist, Dairy Foods Division, Land O’ Lakes, Inc. Having graduated from Purdue University with a B.A. in Food Science and Technology in 2008, Bridget is just one of many members of IFT’s New Professionals group. Now, in addition to working on her Master’s Degree at University of Minnesota, Bridget is working in the Dairy Foods Division at Land O’ Lakes, Inc. Learn how Bridget balances her work and school life in IFT’s Face-to-Face.

New Professionals Community
IFT's New Professionals Community works to provide new professionals with fun, engaging, and educational events as part of the IFT membership experience. New professionals are anyone who has recently graduated or has been in the food profession for fewer than 10 years. Is this you? If so, join the discussion (Log in required)! In addition, you can sign up to receive the monthly e-newsletter Eat Your Words. Not only does it offer a light-hearted view of the latest food science and technology news, but it also features a food science trivia question in every issue to keep your skills sharp.

Antibiotics Ban Bad For Animals, Consumers
Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., as she has in the past few Congresses, is proposing to take limit the use of certain classes of antibiotics in animal agriculture. Legislation she introduced in early March would ban the use in livestock and poultry of seven classes of antibiotics. In a recent ePerspective post, Doug Wolf, President of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), argues that there’s no science behind her claims that antibiotic use in food-animal production is causing antibiotic resistance in people. The U.S. pork industry believes that more research is needed on the causes of antibiotic resistance before any antibiotics are banned or restricted from use in food-animal production. Wolf believes that taking away important animal health products, as Slaughter’s bill proposes, would be bad for animals, bad for farmers, and bad for consumers. What are your thoughts on the issue? Do the benefits of animal antibiotics outweigh any potential risks? Share your opinions at IFT’s ePerspective.

Kelly Hensel,
Digital Media Editor
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