Alfred Trappey II | 4/22/2005 12:15:00 AM
The third annual Louisiana Food Processors Conference and exposition has been set for Feb. 16-17 at the C.B. Pennington Jr. Conference Center in Baton Rouge.
Intended primarily for food processors and those in associated support industries, the two-day conference is co-sponsored by the LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Economic Development.
The conference will provide information on the mission and roles of economic development, incumbent workforce training, food-processing entrepreneurship, strategies for food safety, packaging and techniques for successful marketing of food products and allied services, according to Dr. Mike Moody, head of the LSU AgCenter’s Department of Food Science and one of the organizers of the conference.
The conference will feature representatives of Louisiana Economic Development, the Louisiana Department of Labor, Greater New Orleans Inc. and Informa Economics, Inc. Mike Olivier, secretary of Louisiana Economic Development, will be the keynote speaker.
The conference will begin at 1:30 p.m. Feb, 16 and conclude at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 17.
The Thursday morning agenda will feature concurrent sessions on safety assessments for ready-to-eat processors, U.S. Department of Agriculture COOL Labeling regulations, acidified foods measurement and record keeping, sensory discrimination testing and regulations for E. coli in red meat products.
In addition, 33 trade show spaces will feature products and services available to the Louisiana food-processing industry.
The cost to attend the conference is $115 for registrations received before Feb. 9 and $125 after that date. Reservations may be made by contacting Melissa Bayham at the LSU AgCenter Department of Food Science at (225) 578-5207.
More information is available on the Internet at www.lsuagcenter.com/foodscience by clicking on Louisiana Food Processors Conference Registration.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture