Michael W. Moody, Merrill, Thomas A. | 4/23/2005 1:30:15 AM
The second Louisiana Food Processors Conference is scheduled for March 3-4 at the Lod Cook Conference Center on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge.
"The food processing industry has changed dramatically in the past decade," stressed Dr. Mike Moody, head of the LSU AgCenter’s Department of Food Science and one of the conference organizers. "A major purpose of the conference is to provide information on new and evolving regulations in the areas of food safety and security. In addition, it also will cover marketing challenges, global trade and other economic issues."
Moody said the conference, which is being coordinated by the LSU AgCenter’s Department of Food Science in cooperation with the Louisiana Department of Economic Development, is intended for food processors, those involved in food processing support and supply industries, state and federal government representatives and others interested in value-added food processing.
Among the topics to be covered are an economist’s perspectives on the issues affecting food processing in Louisiana, alternatives to traditional food retailing, the Biosecurity and Food Safety Act of 2002, food security and more. The conference also will have a series of breakout sessions covering such issues as economic enhancement, low-acid canned and acidified foods, microbiological rapid methods in support of HACCP, red meat and poultry, seafood processing and sensory analysis.
In addition, the conference also will feature a trade show with exhibits from food companies and other organizations.
Registration fees are $115 if registration is completed prior to Feb. 17 and $125 after that date or at the door. The registration fee covers participation in all conference educational activities, as well as refreshments at all breaks, a reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres March 3 and a light breakfast and lunch March 4.
More information and registration material can be obtained by visiting http://www2.lsuagcenter.com/foodscience/register.asp. Or you may call the Department of Food Science and speak with Terri Gilmer or Shannah Spencer at (225) 578-5207 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other sponsors of the conference include the Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce, Air Liquide, BlenTech and Greater New Orleans Inc.