IFPAC® - 2024
Food Quality, Safety & Analysis

PAT Applications in the Food Industry

March 3-6, 2024

Welcome to the IFPAC Food Symposium.

This event is an important component of the IFPAC Annual Conference. Representatives from the FDA, USDA, NIST, industry leaders and academia from across the globe and more will be in attendance to review the latest advances in using Process Analytical Technologies (PAT) to achieve and maintain food quality, safety & control.

The additional benefit of the IFPAC Food Symposium is that it bridges with the IFPAC annual event which brings in case studies from industries using PAT for nearly 60 years; providing further opportunities to hear lessons learned that can be applied in the food industry.

A comprehensive exhibition showcasing the latest instrumentation and services will also be available.

Program Overview

There is an increased global focus on Food Quality, Safety and Analysis in the Food Industry. Regulatory agencies are placing higher standards on Quality Control & Analysis and increased monitoring needs are emerging. The use of Process Analytical Technology...PAT Applications to monitor food quality and food safety is an important area that will be covered during this symposium including new policies, technologies, case studies, and a look to the future in the food industry.

For an overview of the Food Symposium at IFPAC-2024, please view our Food Quality, Safety & Analysis Preliminary Brochure

Topics for 2024 May Include the Following:

Emerging Biotechnologies that Enhance the Relevance of In Silico and In Vitro Food Safety Toxicology Testing- The use of in silico and in vitro cellular modeling have had profound impact on the field of Toxicology. Technologies that rely on in silico and in vitro principles have emerged as helpful tools that offer toxicologists the ability to generate and analyze data that offers unprecedented insight into how they compare to in vivo outcomes to predict human food safety. In this session, we will explore three diverse contexts to offer toxicologists unique insights to help inspire and embrace the development or adaptation of novel in silico or in vitro toxicology methods for relevant safety testing. This session aims to highlight some innovative biotechnologies that can be applied to toxicity testing for enhanced food safety assessment. 

Emerging Technologies with Focus on Traceability and Contamination - Food safety incidents have reduced consumer confidence in the food industry and supply chain prompting increased government intervention and regulation on food safety and food defense. Rapid analysis methods - particularly in the area of microbial and chemical threat agent detection - are being developed at an ever accelerating pace. This session will focus on emerging technologies in analytical/detection methods, rapid bio-monitoring and genetic fingerprinting in a response to recent contamination issues.

Food Safety - Food pathogens create an enormous social and economic burden on communities and health systems continuing to be a source of concern for consumers, federal government, and industry. The US Government has identified a number of previously unrecognized food vehicles as causes of foodborne disease, and the development of control strategies for pathogens and contaminants need to address a wide range of foods. This session will focus on detection technologies for foodborne pathogens addressing sensitivity, specificity, speed of testing, and use under a variety of conditions to ensure safe foods.

PAT for the Dairy Industry - Application techniques, case studies, and the benefits of Implementing PAT for the dairy industry and in infant formula will be presented. Traditional dairy and pharmaceutical approaches and technologies will be discussed, also taking into consideration the nutritional arena.

Nutritional/Dietary Supplements – U.S. dietary supplements are also regulated as part of food, and there are many incidents of adulteration and contaminated dietary supplements in the market in both developed and developing counties.  This includes vitamins and minerals, supplements, and energy drinks.  Topics such as fingerprinting for botanical supplements and detection technologies of contaminants will be addressed.

PAT as a Quality Control Tool - This session will include discussions on process analytical technologies capable of providing quality control during food manufacturing. The business merits and strategies of PAT adoption will be discussed. The potential of PAT to support food regulation strategies will be addressed.

IFPAC-2024 will also feature comprehensive Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Chemical/Petrochemical, and OnSite tracks.


IFPAC is the essential meeting place for the latest developments in Process Analytical Technology...PAT and Quality by Design...QbD within the Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology and Food Industries. IFPAC is known for being a collaborative forum to exchange ideas and network through panel discussions, evening sessions, poster sessions, and the exhibition. For over 30 years IFPAC has brought together practitioners from industry, academia and government to discuss new trends in technology, standards, and controls.

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Call for Papers

The four day forum will focus on the latest developments in Process Analytical Technology...emerging techniques, new applications, instrumentation, software, standards, and a look into the future. You are cordially invited to submit an abstract for the forum. Listed below are some of the topics.

  • Advanced Process Control for Food
  • Analytical (Testing)
  • Chemical Contaminants
  • Data Handling
  • DNA Microarrays
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Fingerprinting Food Ingredients
  • Food Adulteration
  • Foodborne Pathogen Analysis
  • Food Quality & Analysis
  • Food Safety
  • FSMA
  • Handheld Instrumentation
  • Hyperspectral Imaging
  • Imaging
  • Mass Spectroscopy
  • Measurementation
  • Microbiological Contaminants
  • Mobile Food Testing
  • Novel Technologies for the Food Industry
  • PAT in the Dairy Industry
  • PAT: the Business Perspective
  • PAT Tools for Food Manufacturing
  • Portable Instrumentation
  • Regulatory Policies
  • Routine Food and Dairy Screening
  • Sampling (Samprep)
  • Separations
  • Spectroscopy
  • The Role of PAT
  • Traceability and Contamination

Presentations for the forum will be selected by the program committee on the basis of invited and contributed abstracts. Prospective speakers are requested to submit an abstract of 150-200 words to IFPAC Committee. Selected proceedings will be published.

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Organizing Committee

Our organizing committee includes:

  • Dr. P J Cullen from the Dublin Institute of Technology, School of Food Science and Environmental Health
  • Dr. Janie Dubois, Laboratory Manager at the International Food Safety Training Lab, JIFSAN (Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition)
  • Monica Heyl, MH&A, Joppa, MD
  • Dr. Steve Holroyd, Fonterra Directorate Science and Technology, New Zealand
  • Dr. Tristan Hunter, Fonterra Co-Operative Group Limited, New Zealand
  • Dr. Rabih Jabbour, ECBC, Aberdeen, MD
  • Bei Ma, M.S., British Standards Institute (BSI), Herndon, VA
  • Dr. Michael McCarthy, Department of Food Science and Technology, University of California, Davis
  • Dr. Jayne Morrow, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD
  • Dr. Miriam Mossoba, U.S. FDA, Laurel, MD
  • Dr. Colm O'Donnell from University College, UCD-Dublin Institute of Food & Health
  • Dr. Luis E. Rodriguez-Saona, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • Bryan K. Schneider, Mondelez International, East Hanover, NJ.
  • Dr. Brent R. Young, Professor and Head, Chemical & Materials Engineering, The University of Auckland, New Zealand 

Exhibition Opportunities

Join your fellow exhibitors at IFPAC - 2024! Product monitoring is and increasingly will become a technical challenge for many companies to ensure efficiency and effectiveness.  Booth spaces are yours for demonstrating your product or services before a specialized audience. View More Details

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