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Food Industry Converges for AIFST Convention

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Over 100 international and local experts from the world of food are expected to converge on Melbourne for the 43rd annual Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) Convention this July.  

Opening with a session on Australian functional wild foods, this important convention takes a close look at regulations, sustainability and innovation case studies, emerging trends in food microbiology, process optimisation as well as key advances in food engineering among others.  

Key topics include:

  • Food protection: Addressing the serious issue of anti-terrorism, making sure the food supply is secure and safe, and planning for a pandemic
  • Key advances in food engineering: Friday 13th Modelling - analysis of unexpected failures in food manufacturing, developments in improving energy efficiency of food concentration processes, role of engineers in functional food trends and project management of food innovations
  • Emerging solutions in processing technology: A variety of speakers and topics
  • Bioactive compounds and allergens: Proffered papers
  • Regulations: Providing viewpoints from the regulator and industry experts in food safety and regulation. Speakers include Graeme Hodge (Monash Uni, Melbourne), Martin Cole (CSIRO Food & Nutritional Sciences), Anne Astin (Dairy Food Safety Victoria) and Pauline Ireland (Dept of Health, Melbourne)
  • Sustainability: Helping attendees to make vital adjustments to their businesses with sessions on packaging, processing technology solutions and specific sustainability solutions including relevant, inspiring case studies

A panel of vocal ‘heavyweights’ with Norman Swan moderating tackles ‘Obesity: Are the government and food industry doing enough to downsize Australians’ waistlines?’  

Workshops on Wed 28 July include informative and useful sessions on sensory technology and running sensory panels as well as food product development with a focus on process from ideation and market research through to formulation, development and implementation in plant.  

The 43rd annual Australian Institute of Food Science & Technology Convention will be held on Sunday 25 July through Tuesday 27 July at the Sebel Albert Park, Melbourne.  

Registration details are available at www.aifst.com.au.

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