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MN IFT September Dinner Meeting

"Foodborne Illness Liability"

September 22, 2014

Location: Hilton MSP Airport MOA
3800 American Boulevard East
Bloomington, MN. 55425

3:30-5:00 pm Ex Comm Meeting
5-6:00 pm Check In & Social Time
6-7:00 pm Dinner
7-8:00 pm Speaker  

This meeting is co-sponsored by Phi Tau Sigma
(to learn more about Phi Tau Sigma see below).

Register here!
William Marler, Managing Partner, Marler Clark LLP, PS
Speaker for MN IFT September Meeting

An accomplished personal injury lawyer and national expert in food borne illness litigation, William Marler has been a major force in food safety policy in the United States and abroad. He and his partners at Marler Clark have represented thousands of individuals in claims against food companies whose contaminated products have caused serious injury and death. His advocacy for better food regulation has led to invitations to address local, national, and international gatherings on food safety, including recent testimony to US Congress Committee on Energy and Commerce. Marler Clark is considered the nation’s foremost law firm representing victims of foodborne illness.

William Marler began litigating foodborne illness cases in 1993, handling the seriously injured survivors of the landmark Jack in the Box E. coli O157:H7 outbreak. Since then, Marler has represented victims of every large foodborne illness outbreak in the United States against such companies as Wholesale Club, Chili’s, Chi-Chi’s, ConAgra, Dole, Excel, Golden Corral, KFC, Sheetz, Sizzler, Supervalu, and Wendy’s, securing over 500 million dollars for his clients.

In 2010, Bill Marler was awarded the NSF food Safety Leadership award for Education. He has the top rating from Martindale, is voted a Superlawyer every year, and has been voted into Best Lawyers in America. He received the Public Justice Award from the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, Outstanding Lawyer Award from his bar association, and has been in the Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys every year since 2002.

Bill Marler is the publisher of the highly regarded Food Safety News, and his award-winning blog, Marler Blog, is read by over 1,000,000 people around the world every year. In 1998, Mr. Marler formed the not for profit Outbreak Inc.; under its auspices, he spends much of the year speaking on how to prevent foodborne illnesses.

September Chair's Message
While it is still warm and summery, summer ends for me when the State Fair is over. This is the New Year - the kick off of the fall semester at the University AND the beginning of the 14-15 year for MN IFT. We have a great group of new students many of which will find their way to the MN IFT.
Looking ahead to our new year, we have some new officers (you can find this list on the MN IFT website). We wish to welcome the new officers and look forward to their contributions. We are fortunate as a section to have had great leadership which comes from the energy and enthusiasm of the membership. We have some opportunities for additional volunteers on our leadership team – please let me know if you would like to learn about them.
We are in the process of putting together this year’s events. Our first meeting of the year  features Bill Marler (Sept 22). Bill is a personal injury lawyer who has focused on food borne illness litigation. I expect this will be a most engaging presentation and Q & A session. This is followed shortly thereafter by our fall Suppliers Expo (October). This is a great opportunity to meet and speak with numerous ingredient suppliers.it is well attended for good reason. Keep an eye on the section web site for programming. Note that you will also be getting email “blasts” about events.
I look forward to seeing you at the upcoming events!
Phi Tau Sigma

The co-sponsor of this month's MN IFT Meeting is Phi Tau Sigma, The Honor Society of Food Science and Technology, founded in 1953 with the mission to raise the stature and recognize scholarly achievements in Food Science and Technology. There are 41 Chapters (primarily at educational institutions) in the U.S., Mexico and China. These are formed to better serve the members at the local level. Members are elected as students or later as professionals in recognition of their achievements. Benefits of membership include recognition, opportunities for leadership and to connect with others of similar values along with scholarships and awards.  The process to become a member is one of nomination and review. For more information contact Dr. Mary K. Schmidl mschmidl@umn.edu
MN IFT Suppliers Expo
October 28th, 2014
Minneapolis Convention Center
Registration is OPEN! Click here to register!

Global Food Forums, Inc.'s 2014 Weight Management Technologies Seminar (September 30, 2014, Itasca, IL. Westin Hotel ) is uniquely focused on providing R&D/food scientists with practical formulation advice for developing higher-satiety and reduced-calorie foods, beverages, and nutritional supplements. 

Check out our Program, expert speakers, and reasonable registration fees, here

MN IFT Newsletter Committee Additions

 Please help me in welcoming Justin Carlson and Lauren Gillman to the MN IFT Newsletter Committee. To learn more about our new committee members please read below and make sure to say hello to them when you see them at the next MN IFT event.

Hi my name is Justin Carlson and I am a second year Food Science Ph.D. student at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. My research over the past four years has covered many different bioactive components, starting with anthocyanins in vegetables and their stability over storage, and now focusing on dietary fibers and dietary fiber blends and how they interact within the human GI tract, specifically, how well they are tolerated in the gut. As a student member of MN IFT last year I was able to learn a lot about the organization, and am very excited to be joining the Communications Committee this year! I am looking forward to meeting everyone in the organization and learning along the way!

Hi everyone, I’m Lauren Gillman, a new addition to the MN IFT Communications Committee. I’m a recent Food Science MS graduate from the University of Minnesota, where I studied the impact of moisture-induced aggregation on soy protein isolate and hydrolysate under Pam Ismail and Ted Labuza. In August 2014, I started at General Mills as a Stability Scientist supporting the Snacks platform. As a student member of IFT, I competed in New Product Development competitions, presented research posters, and enjoyed the networking of dinner meetings, all of which highly influenced and benefited my career path. I look forward to giving back through greater involvement in our chapter and working with all of you.

PDMA Minnesota Chapter events are a wonderful way to gain new knowledge and build your professional network. Our chapter is dedicated to building the Minnesota new product development and management community.

PDMA-MN invites you to join us on September 17th @ 5 pm at WhiteBoard Product Solutions for “The New Design Mantra:  Form Follows Reality ™” featuring Rick Polk, President and Paul Pilosi, VP Product Development of WhiteBoard Product Solutions.

Gain valuable insight & knowledge from a team with multiple perspectives and a range of experiences across a diverse product portfolio including medical devices, fitness equipment, toys, sporting goods, renewable energy, housewares and more...! 

Learn a unique, holistic approach that will:
  • Outline realities up-front to ensure product success from the beginning
  • Apply "Form Follows Reality" in the product development process
  • Help avoid late-stage changes that escalate costs & delay timelines
  • Evolve and adapt in a fast-paced, dynamic environment

For more details or to register, please visit here
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Suppliers Expo

October 28th, 2014
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