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Tour of the Institute for Food Safety and Health at the Illinois Institute of Technology



Reservations Required:        

March 14, 2012

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Institute for Food Safety & Health at IIT
6502 South Archer Road
Bedford Park, IL 60501-1957
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Join us for a tour of the Illinois Institute of Technology's (IIT) Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH). The IFSH is a one-of-a-kind applied food science research institute that provides stakeholders in government, industry and academia the opportunity to develop and exchange knowledge and expertise to address key issues in food safety, food defense and nutrition. Powered by a singular combination of in-depth food science expertise and state-of-the-art research capabilities, IIT IFSH's collaborative research model helps stakeholders define and design innovative and practical approaches to solving real-world challenges in food industry operations.

Located at IIT's Moffett Campus in Bedford Park, Illinois, IFSH is also home to the FDA CFSAN Division of Food Processing Science and Technology, and four strategically aligned operating centers:

  • The National Center for Food Safety and Technology, operating under a long-time cooperative agreement between IIT and FDA, focuses on design and performance of a variety of collaborative and cooperative research projects across scientific disciplines, including microbiology, chemical constituents, allergens, food processing, packaging, methods validation, and nutrition. 
  • The Center for Nutrition Research supports the work of the Clinical Nutrition Research Center (CNRC), which conducts human nutrition and clinical research to determine the health benefits of foods and food components in a variety of study areas, including nutrient properties and bioavailability, obesity and satiety, diabetes and cardiovascular disease risk reduction, and infant and child nutrition.
  • The Center for Processing Innovation provides expanded process control and process validation capabilities for applied research through IFSH's GMP processing area, kitchen and pilot plant, BSL-2 processing innovation laboratory, fresh produce processing line, and the newly commissioned BSL-3 laboratory and biocontainment pilot plant.
  • The Center for Specialty Programs administers key specialized programs, including customized laboratory proficiency testing services for stakeholders. This center manages development and oversight of government project contracts with US FDA, USDA, Department of Homeland Security, and other regulatory agencies associated with food protection and nutrition.  

Two one-hour lab tour times are available: 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. and from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Sign up as appropriate. ​

South to I-55 South (Stevenson Expressway). Proceed on I-55 South to Route 171 or First Avenue exit. Exit at 171 and turn left (south). Proceed over the long bridge until you come to a stoplight. Make a sharp right turn at the stoplight onto Archer Road (do not go straight or you will end up back in the city). Proceed on Archer Road through the Village of Summit, cross 63rd Street light, go under the viaduct. Institute for Food Safety and Health is located in the large limestone building on the right side of the street (a very short distance after the viaduct). There is parking in front of the building. The address 6502 is on the front. Enter the front door of the building and the receptionist will direct you. 

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Hosted by Robert E. Brackett, Ph.D., Vice President and Director,
Institute for Food Safety and Health, and Professor of Biology

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