Southern California Institute of Food Technologists Section

"To fulfill human needs for a quality food supply through science,

technology and education."


This is the mission of the Southern California Institute of Food Technologists Section, and of its members. In keeping with this mission, SCIFTS is proud to bring you the latest advance in OUR journey toward its fulfillment.



April Dinner Meeting




April 16, 2014


Cal Poly Pomona


4:30 p.m. - Executive Meeting

5:30 p.m. - Social Hour

6:00 p.m. - Dinner Hour


Dr. Wei-Jen Lin

Professor of Microbiology, Cal Poly Pomona


From Botulism to Botox - The Bacterium's Perspective

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From Botulism to Botox - The Bacterium's Perspective

Clostridium botulinum is one of the most important foodborne pathogens due to its capability to produce spores and the deadly toxin. Spores of C. botulinum are known to be highly resistant to many food safety control methods, including heat, radiation, and CO2; therefore, have been used as an indicator for processing controls. These spores are abundant in soil and lake sediments. Under anaerobic conditions, the spores could germinate, grow, and produce botulinum neurotoxin that intoxicates humans and animals, leading to the neuroparalytic disorder, botulism. Because of its toxicity, heat resistant spores, and anaerobic nature, C. botulinum has been a major food safety concern in canned, vacuum packed, and modifiedatmosphere foods. Oddly, this bacterial beast has turned itself into a beauty for the use of the toxin as Botox® for cosmetic and therapeutical applications. A quick look of this bacteria and the concern of its growth in vacuum and MAP foods will be discussed.

Industry Professional at April Meeting - Eddie Tse

Eddie Tse is presently the Director of Quality for Passport Food Group, LLC.  He has been in this role for the past 3 years.  Prior to this, for over 7 years, he has held positions as Quality Manager and Plant Manager for a number of food companies.  His career includes working in food companies such as Royal Angelus Macaroni Company and Fortune Avenue Foods, Inc. 

In his Quality role, Eddie has assisted in the quality development of products from bench scale sampling to production.  His technical expertise covers food products which concentrate in flour based manufacturing such as Dry and Fresh Pasta and USDA processes such as IQF entrees.

Currently, he manages the food safety programs for all of Passport Food Group LLC subsidiaries, which includes oversight of each plant’s SQF systems, third party and governmental audits.  

Eddie received his B.S. in Biological Science from UCLA and is currently working toward his Master in Business Administration.

REQUIRED:  Please be sure to include the full name, company affiliation, and current Southern California IFT membership status of each attendee with your reservation.

RESERVATION DEADLINE:  4:00 p.m. Friday prior to the meeting date, or until sold out.  If you reserve and do not attend, you are responsible for the meeting charges and will be billed accordingly.

Dinner meeting fees for SCiftS’ 2013-14 year are as follows:

  • $ 40.00* for Members with Reservations

  • $ 25.00* for Emeritus Members with Reservations

  • $ 20.00* for Student Members with Reservations - Current Student ID Card Required

  • $ 50.00* for All Members without Reservations

  • $ 50.00* for Non-members

*$ 5.00 Discount with Cash/Check Payment at Door


The Quality and Safety Conference


June 11-13, 2014


Disneyland Resort

Anaheim, CA


Subject matter expert speakers from industry, academia, and regulatory authorities will address issues and identify solutions for the changing foods, ingredients, nutraceutical, dietary supplements, and medical foods industries.


For more information, please visit The Quality and Safety Conference website.


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Guidelines to Volunteer:

Student and/or Member of any sponsoring organization associated with the conference may volunteer. Proof of membership may be required. 






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