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News Release

June 23, 1999

"Food science at work" conference Sept. 16,17

Innovative food research done by the University of Guelph and its partners will be shown at a conference, "Food Science at Work," Sept. 16 and 17 in Guelph, Ont. The conference will highlight excellence in research and bring together key food researchers to learn about trends in the food industry. The conference celebrates the many research achievements of the Food Science Department and will precede the September 17 ribbon-cutting and Open House of the renovated Food Science Building.

"This event will allow researchers in food science and technology to discuss future directions and technology transfer priorities with industry representatives," says Dr. Rickey Yada, Chair of the Department of Food Science.

The conference begins at 9 a.m. on September 16 with keynote speaker, Dr. Vincent Hegarty, Michigan State University, whose topic of "International Food Law" will discuss global trade in food commodities. The plenary session continues until noon with presentations on the future of food research by Yada. Alan M. Robinson of the Packaging Association of Canada will suggest food manufacturing approaches for the first decade of the next millennium.

Afternoon presentations will include technical poster displays and concurrent sessions on the latest applications of research results from the food research community associated with Guelph. Faculty, invited guests and students share in these talks and presentations. Conference themes include functional foods, food safety and food processing.

On Sept. 17, researchers and industry representatives participate in a workshop with senior government representatives to discuss priorities for publicly funded food research in the new millennium. Delegates may tour the state-of-the-art food science laboratories and teaching facilities of the Food Science Building, the Guelph Food Technology Centre and the Laboratory Services Building. The official opening ceremonies for the Food Science Building commence outside at 11 a.m. and are followed by a barbecue lunch.

For information or to register contact David Castle, Office of Open Learning, at 519-824-4120, Ext. 4737 or by fax at 519-767-0758 or visit our web site at

Media may contact Communications and Public Affairs at 519-824-4120, Ext. 6982

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