2019 Hot Topic Symposium

Responsibilities Of Processing Authorities In The Safety Of Low And Intermediate Water Activity Foods

September 10-11, 2019
Four Points by Sheraton – Chicago O’Hare Airport

Chicago Skyline from Lake Michican

Conference Program Chairs:

  • Nate Anderson, FDA
    Bradley Marks, Michigan State University
    Abdullatif Tay, PepsiCo
Tuesday September 10, 2019
  • 9:00 – 9:30
    Registration & Refreshments
  • 9:30 – 9:45
    Welcome & Introduction
    Ian Britt, Executive Director
Basic considerations for safe of low and intermediate water activity foods
  • 9:45 – 10:30
    Fundamentals of water activity (aw) and measurement
    Brady Carter, Neutec Group, Inc.
  • 10:30 – 11:15
    Microbiology safety of low and intermediate aw foods
    Aaron Uesugi, Kraft-Heinz
  • 11:15 -12:00
    Validating thermal processes: modelling with D & z-values
    Bradley Marks, Michigan State University
  • 12:00 – 13:00
  • 13:00 – 13:45
    Design of experiments and data analysis: the power of n
    Ian Hildebrandt, Michigan State University
  • 13:45 – 14:30
    Regulatory perspective, validation pitfalls and the validation report
    Nate Anderson, FDA
  • 14:30 – 15:00
    Refreshment Break
Industry landscape for validation of low and intermediate aw processes
  • 15:00-15:45
    Challenges for industry & real-world constraints
    Abdullatif Tay, PepsiCo and Elsa Fakhoury, SunOpta, Inc
  • 15:45 – 16:30
    The challenge of microbial challenge tests
    Erdogan Ceylan, Silliker – Mérieux NutriSciences
  • 16:30
    Adjourn Day 1 Technical Session
  • 18:30 into the evening
    Conference Reception and Dinner
Wednesday September 11, 2019
  • 7:45
Industry case studies
  • 8:15 – 9:00
    Formulated low and intermediate aw foods
    Khalid Abdulrahim, Nestle
  • 9:00 – 9:45
    Snack foods
    Rico Suhalim, PepsiCo/Fritolay
  • 9:45 – 10:30
    Pet Foods
    Michele Sayles, Diamond Pet Food
  • 10:30 – 11:00
    Refreshment Break
  • 11:00 – 13:00
    An information exchange where those attending can identify the information needed by them to expand commercialization and ensure public health safety to an expert panel with representatives from academia, government and industry.
  • 13:00

Location and Lodging

The conference will be held at:

  • The Four Points by Sheraton Chicago O’Hare Airport
    10249 West Irving Park Road
    Schiller Park, IL  60176

There is a free shuttle to the hotel from Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The hotel has set aside a block of rooms at reduced rates of $119 for attendees at the conference. Make your room reservations directly with the hotel by phone 847 671 6000 or 1-800-368-7764 and please identify your attendance at the Institute For Thermal Processing Specialists – IFTPS event. August 27, 2019 is the cut-off date for discounted rates.

Online booking link:  https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1562590121201&key=GRP&app=resvlink

Suppliers Exhibits

Limited tabletop display space will be available for suppliers during the conference reception on Tuesday, September 10. For more information, please email ian.britt@iftps.org or call 1 519 824 6774.

Registration and Fees

The conference registration fee provides lunch and refreshments, as well as, the conference dinner. Cost of the hotel accommodations and other meals are not included. All payments are in US dollars.

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