Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 4:00 PM EDT
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 9:00 PM EDT

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Statler Hotel, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 
130 Statler Drive
Ithaca, NY 14853

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Janette Robbins 
Cornell University Department of Food Science 

Hotel Reservations

Blocks of rooms are being held for the evenings of Sunday, October 29 through Tuesday, October 31 at the following locations.  Reservations must be made via phone.

The Statler Hotel
Group Name: International Workshop Nonthermal Processing

Ithaca Marriott Downtown
Group Name: Food Science Symposium
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For the government rate, you must reserve a room outside of the room block.

Best Western University Inn
Group Name: Food Science Symposium


This symposium will address critical issues related to the validation of nonthermal processing methods used for controlling pathogens in foods, to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements - including the Food Safety Modernization Act. World leading experts from the US and around the world, representatives of US regulatory agencies and the food industry will discuss best practices and challenges related to the validation and adoption of nonthermal technologies for microbial inactivation. The symposium was made possible by a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture, and contributions from the Department of Food Science at Cornell University, Cornell Institute for Food Systems Industry Partnership Program, and the NY Association for Food Protection. The symposium has the support of Nonthermal Processing Division of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), the Institute of Food Technologists, and the European Federation of Food Science and Technology (EFFoST).

CFS Renewal Contact Hours

This program qualifies for Certified Food Scientist (CFS) renewal contact hours (CH).  CFS certificants may claim a maximum of 12.5 CH for their participation in this program.  For more information, please visit ift.org/certification or email ifscc@ift.org.

 Topics that will be covered:

  • Overview of non-thermal processing methods for microbial inactivation: High Pressure Processing, Pulsed Electric Field, High Pressure Homogenization, Light based treatments (UV, Pulsed Light), Cold Plasma, Irradiation
  • Mechanisms of inactivation of different types of microorganisms by non-thermal methods
  • Critical issues for the adoption of novel processing methods for microbial inactivation to ensure compliance with FSMA
  • Validation of non-thermal processing methods: regulatory requirements and best practices
  • Round table discussion on validation and regulatory aspects of nonthermal involving academic researchers, industry and regulatory representatives
  • Visit of the Cornell Food Science facilities and demonstration of various nonthermal technologies: High Pressure Processing, Pulsed Electric Field, membrane filtration (microfiltration, ultrafiltration, reverse osmosis, forward osmosis), supercritical CO2, UV, Pulsed Light, LED light 

Click here to view the agenda.

International Scientific Committee
Dr. Lilia Ahrné, University of Copenhagen & EFFoST President
Dr. Nathan Anderson, US-FDA
Dr. Bala Balasubramaniam, The Ohio State University
Dr. Gustavo Barbosa-Canovas, Washington State University
Dr. Roman Buckow, CSIRO, Australia
Dr. Michael Gänzle, University of Alberta, Canada
Dr. Olga Martin Belloso, University of Lleida, Spain, EFFoST representative
Dr. Carmen I. Moraru, Cornell University
Dr. Olga I. Padilla-Zakour, Cornell University
Dr. Jason Wan, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chair of NPD-IFT
Dr. Randy W. Worobo, Cornell University

Local Organizing Committee
Dr. Carmen I. Moraru, Cornell University - Symposium Chair (cim24@cornell.edu)
Dr. Olga I. Padilla-Zakour, Cornell University - Department Chair
Dr. Randy W. Worobo, Cornell University – Director, Cornell HPP Validation Center

Symposium Coordinator: Janette Robbins (jmr65@cornell.edu)