- Institute of Food Technologists meeting draws 20,000 participants in food industry, academia and policymaking – IFT is the world’s largest annual meeting of the food industry
- Researchers discussed using Pressure BioSciences’ laboratory tools in innovative projects
- The company’s current high pressure instruments can be used in studies whose results could help scientists better understand and kill food-borne pathogens, such as E. coli, Listeria, and Salmonella
- The company’s future Ultra Shear Technology could result in safer, better-tasting, longer shelf-life and chemical-free food products
Pressure BioSciences Inc.’s (OTCQB: PBIO) high pressure instruments, processing methods and platform technologies were prominently featured at the recent annual meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) in Chicago, Illinois. IFT is the world’s largest annual meeting of food industry professionals. Both in scheduled sessions and in the company’s exhibit booth, attendees at IFT2018 were able to hear of groundbreaking progress the company has made in the continuing development of its Ultra Shear Technology (UST) platform. In particular, attendees learned of PBI’s collaborative program with the Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, a program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (http://nnw.fm/14yqP).
The IFT’s annual meeting, which drew over 20,000 attendees worldwide from across the food industry, academia and government, is the industry’s largest annual event. The IFT seeks to provide a forum where industry professionals, academics and government representatives can work together to leverage their technical knowledge into applications that will benefit the wider population, particularly in food safety.
Dr. Aliyar Fouladkhah, director of the Public Health Microbiology Laboratory at Tennessee State University (TSU), spoke at the event about his team’s research into developing ways to eliminate pathogens from food. Of interest in this field is the development of a commercially viable way to make food safer with longer shelf-life and with no added chemicals, while retaining its taste, smell, texture, and quality.
In a news release, Fouladkhah said, “I was the co-chair of a special session on the adoption and validation of high pressure-based technologies by the food industry at the recent IFT annual meeting. My research group presented on the effects of high hydrostatic pressure on the inactivation of foodborne pathogens of major public health concern, such as E. coli, Salmonella, Cronobacter, and Listeria. We believe the data we presented, much of it generated with PBI’s high pressure-based instruments, will assist food safety researchers and stakeholders worldwide as they consider the use of pressure-based interventions for their microbiological studies.”
Fouladkhah also voiced confidence that the food science community will require and embrace a continued flow of next-generation equipment, technologies and methods for years to come, and that Pressure BioSciences’ Ultra Shear Technology platform may be one such technology. Currently in development, UST is expected to greatly benefit the food and many other industries, as it is designed to inactivate the most resistant pathogenic organisms in food matrix, resulting in safer and more stable products, Fouladkhah noted.
Pressure BioSciences’ President and CEO Richard T. Schumacher added that his company achieved a number of key goals at the IFT conference. “Our assessment was that IFT 2018 was a highly successful meeting for PBI,” he said in a news release. “Related to our first major goal, we came back from the meeting with a list of food science researchers interested in learning more about how our products could better enable their research programs. Related to our second major goal, we had the opportunity to discuss the power and potential of the UST platform with Key Opinion Leaders in industry, government, and academia worldwide. We learned a lot, met many important and knowledgeable leaders and food industry stakeholders, and had the opportunity to deeply examine current competitive technology platforms.”
Schumacher continued, “Based on what we learned, we made several very important decisions concerning the opportunity for and future path of our UST Program. As our action path unfolds, further highlights of these decisions will be made public over the coming weeks.”
For more information, visit the company’s website at www.PressureBioSciences.com
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