The Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) is a world-class food research center, which is part of the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). It has a staff of 70 scientists, micro-biologists, chemists, virologists, and nutrition scientists who work with scientists from government, academia and the food industry in state-of-the-art facilities to study, among other things, the behavior of pathogens in real-world food processing conditions with the aim of developing fact based food safety technologies.
The cost of scientists and facilities is high. The $5,000 per year for ISGA to join IFSH is small compared to the results we are getting from the relationship. Research that comes out of the institute is already respected by government and industry, and is publicized through the retail and food service associations such as National Restaurant Assn, PMA, United Fresh, etc.
The institute has been working on at least four research projects for the sprout industry to improve seed sanitation methods, compare spent irrigation water test kits, show the growth of pathogens inoculated on sprouts after 48 hours, under different growing conditions, frequencies of watering, temperatures of growth, and risk analysis. It also can do nutrition research for us when we are ready for that, including human trials.
The sprout industry is small. Therefore, our funds are not large. That is why we need your help. Please consider making a donation toward the IFSH membership fee.
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We want to thank the following companies and individual for making a donation toward ISGA’s 2015 IFSH dues:
Jonathan’s Sprouts, Inc.
HPC Foods Ltd.
Caudill Sprouts LLC
Murray Tizer (The Sproutman, Inc.)
SWEETWATER FARMS LLC
J.C. Bean Sprouts Inc. / Snider Sprouts, Inc.