31 May 2018

Intertek, a leading Total Quality Assurance provider to industries worldwide, will be exhibiting in the Food Expo, and moderating and speaking during four scientific sessions at IFT 2018, taking place in Chicago, Illinois from July 15-18.

IFT 2018 will bring together food professionals worldwide from all sectors of the science of food industry. Attendees will benefit from the collective intelligence of this community to learn about the latest innovative solutions to help further advance our world’s food safety, nutrition, and sustainability.

Intertek experts from U.S. Food Services, Business Assurance, Agricultural, and Health, Environmental & Regulatory Services (HERS) will be exhibiting at booth #S5221 on the Expo floor and will be available for consultation. To set-up a meeting during the show, please contact food.sci-reg@intertek.com.

In addition, participants are invited to engage with scientific experts from around the globe as they share their insights, experience, and ideas during the scientific and applied sessions. HERS experts will present their latest scientific research in the following sessions alongside invited guest speakers from government, industry and academia:

Protein Quality and Nutritional Assessment: Global and Sustainable Perspectives
July 16, 2018 | 3:30pm to 5:00pm (CDT) | McCormick Place - S405AB | Kathy Musa-Veloso, Ph.D. Director, Health Claims & Clinical Trials (Moderator)

  • Description: In this symposium, we will discuss the dietary protein requirements of humans throughout growth, development, and aging and ask several important questions, such as:  Are proteins derived from plant sources nutritionally adequate with respect to their amino acid composition and bioavailability? What role can plant proteins play in meeting the dietary protein requirements of humans throughout life? How is protein quality rated and why and when do protein quality ratings matter? What are the regulatory challenges faced by industry in the marketing of foods containing plant proteins? 

From Lab to Fork: The Emergence of Cellular Agriculture
July 17, 2018 | 10:30am to 12:00pm (CDT) | McCormick Place - N427D | Manki Ho, Ph.D. Senior Manager, Toxicology and Regulatory Affairs (Moderator)

  • Description: This symposium will begin with an overview of “cellular agriculture”- what it is, and the methods and technologies used to develop cultured animal products. The stakeholders involved in advancing the research and development of cultured animal products will be shared, in addition to the challenges associated with the progress of research in this area.  Next, whether the existing regulatory framework in the United States for bringing food products to market can be adapted to support the commercialization of cultured animal products will be discussed, in addition to foreseen regulatory challenges. 

Sugar: Dietary Recommendations, Current Intakes, and the Future of Sweets
July 17, 2018 | 12:30pm to 2:00pm(CDT) | McCormick Place - S502AB | Kathy Musa-Veloso, Ph.D. Director, Health Claims & Clinical Trials (Speaker)

  • Description: The World Health Organization (WHO) has taken a firm stand on “free sugars”, advocating a reduction in the intakes of free sugars to less than 10% of total energy (and preferably to less than 5% of total energy) to deal with the growing epidemic of overweight and obesity worldwide.  In this session the basis for the WHO recommendations will be discussed, and targets and definitions for sugars that have been adopted in key countries globally will be reviewed.  Using national diet and nutrition surveys, the current intakes of total and free sugars will be presented, and the foods that are contributing most to these intakes will be discussed.  Finally, challenges in the reformulation of foods and beverages with added sugars will be presented, with some promising solutions presented.       

Buzzwords Used in Food Labeling and Advertising: Maximizing Success and Minimizing Risk
July 18, 2018 | 8:30am to 10:00am (CDT) | McCormick Place - N427ABC | Kathy Musa-Veloso, Ph.D. Director, Health Claims & Clinical Trials (Speaker)

  • Description: Purchase intent has traditionally been influenced by many different and often competing factors such as hedonics, brand, cost, price, and perception (e.g., marketing and advertising).  To add to this complexity, today’s consumers also consider the origin of their food, including where the raw ingredients are sourced, how the raw ingredients are manufactured, and whether the food or its ingredients are genetically modified.  The consumer desire for information and transparency provides an opportunity for food manufacturers to use their product label as a means of communicating the origin, character, and other attributes of a food.  In this session, participants will learn about the “buzz words” that consumers are seeking (e.g., organic, natural, non-GMO / GMO-free, made in the USA, wild-not farmed, free range, grain-fed, antibiotic-free, gluten-free), and how these claims influence purchase intent.  Participants will also learn whether these terms are regulated, or at least defined, by the United States (U.S.) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and if so, what the conditions for use of the claims are.  Finally, participants will be presented with legal cases wherein use of the “buzz words” has resulted in expensive legal battles for food companies.  The information shared during this session is critical for anyone in the food industry who is considering the use of “buzz words” in or on the labeling of their foods.

To learn more about our services for a wide range of food and supplement products within the larger Intertek organization, please visit: intertek.com/food/


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Intertek Media Contact:

Tracy Veale
Global Marketing Manager
+1 905 542 2900

Intertek Technical Information:

Kathy Musa-Veloso
Ph.D. Director, Health Claims & Clinical Trials
+1 905 542 2900

Manki Ho
Ph.D. Senior Manager, Toxicology and Regulatory Affairs
+1 905 542 2900