Institute of Food Technologists to Host Two Food Traceability Webcasts in December

Released: 12/4/2013 11:00 AM EST
Source Newsroom: Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)
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Newswise — IFT’s Global Food Traceability Center will bring together key stakeholders in the food system to create the first single, not-for-profit, unbiased scientific entity focused on product tracing. The Center will improve response time to foodborne outbreaks, reduce the scope of recalls, and conduct root-cause analysis to encourage efficient traceability practices, ultimately benefiting both companies and consumers.

The Fundamentals of Food Traceability
December 11, 2013 12:00 PM CT

Product tracing has emerged as a critical means to follow key information about the attributes and origin of products -- from farm to processing to retail and food service, or to the family table. Attendees will learn common traceability terminology, what is driving food traceability today, traceability laws and regulations, the importance of traceability, traceability challenges, and operational principles of traceability. Speakers will include Dr Hilary S Thesmar, CFS, Vice President of Food Safety Programs at the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and Brian Sterling, Senior Program Advisor, IFT Global Food Traceability Center.

Traceability Technology and How It Improves Your Bottom Line
December 12, 2013 12:00 PM CT

Accurate and accessible data is paramount to quick action in the event of a recall. The need for traceability technology is essential as consumer awareness increases, regulatory and border protection standards change and product recalls become more costly and frequent for small to mid-sized companies. Attendees will learn about current traceability technology and its role in traceability, benefits of incorporating traceability technology into current business processes, and specific solutions that can help business practices. Speakers will include Dr Hilary S Thesmar, CFS, Vice President of Food Safety Programs at the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), Brian Sterling, Senior Program Advisor, IFT Global Food Traceability Center, and Paul Lothian, Business Solutions Architect, Tyson Foods, Inc.

CONTACT:
Registration is complimentary for credentialed media. All inquiries including request for interviews should be directed to Mindy Weinstein, Director of IFT Media Relations, mweinstein@ift.org, 312-604-0231 or Stephanie Callahan, IFT Media Relations Specialist, scallahan@ift.org, 312.604.0273.

Learn more about the IFT Global Food Traceability Center, and stay tuned for details on additional webcasts.

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About IFT
For more than 70 years, IFT has existed to advance the science of food. Our nonprofit scientific society—more than 18,000 members from more than 100 countries—brings together food scientists, technologists and related professions from academia, government, and industry. For more information, please visit ift.org.


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