The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is currently seeking qualified individuals through an open call for candidates for the position of Editor in Chief for IFT’s three Scientific Journals—Journal of Food Science, Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety, and Journal of Food Science Education. E. Allen Foegeding, PhD, who has served as Editor in Chief for eight years, is stepping down at the end of 2020.
The Editor in Chief (EIC) provides leadership to the journals to help assure that IFT is globally acknowledged as a primary source of high-quality scientific information in the area of food science and technology. Major responsibilities of the EIC include strategic planning, appointment of editors, oversight of manuscript quality and journals’ aims and scopes, assisting editors in resolving issues and conflicts, and preparing the journals’ annual report with the assistance of IFT staff. Dr. Foegeding as well as IFT staff will work with the new Editor in Chief to ensure a smooth transition of duties.
Qualifications for the position include: an IFT member in good standing; PhD; internationally recognized as an outstanding researcher and leader in food science; excellent skills in communication, organization and personnel relations; and previous experience on editorial board(s) of food science-related journals.
The EIC is a volunteer position with a monthly honorarium and is appointed by the IFT Board of Directors. Initial appointment is for a two-year term, with reappointment for up to five terms (maximum 10 years).
To nominate yourself as an EIC candidate, please access the candidate submission form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5F83VR7.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing changes to its export listing procedures for dairy and infant formula firms seeking to export their products to China.
The FDA is announcing $1.5 million of continued funding, in the form of cooperative agreements, to the University of Arkansas Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative and the National Farmers Union to enhance food safety under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
Scientists from the USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have identified a new way to detect the presence of live African Swine Fever Virus (ASFV) that minimizes the need for samples from live animals and provides easier access to veterinary labs that need to diagnose the virus.
According to Reuters, Smithfield Foods has said workers cannot be socially distant in all areas of its plants, in response to U.S. senators who pressed meatpackers on coronavirus outbreaks in slaughterhouses.
The report, prepared by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service in coordination with the Office of the Chief Economist, summarizes market conditions, fed cattle prices, boxed beef values, and the spread before and after the fire and plant closure at the Tyson Holcomb, Kan., plant, and before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.