The Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH), Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), today announced that its principal operating center, the National Center for Food Safety and Technology (NCFST), has entered into a five-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO). CSIRO is Australia's national science agency, with diverse research interests that include robust programs in food processing technology, food safety and nutrition. Under the agreement, IFSH/NCFST and CSIRO will establish a collaborative framework in which the organizations will provide scientific and technological support to each other in research projects involving food safety, innovative processing technologies, nutrition and health substantiation. "Both IFSH/NCFST and CSIRO bring a strong tradition of high-impact research capabilities to this collaborative partnership, especially in the area of advancing novel food processing technologies to improve the food safety and quality attributes of finished products," said Robert E. Brackett, PhD, vice president and director, IFSH. "This agreement provides the foundation for a cooperative exchange of knowledge and expertise in research that ultimately will benefit consumers in the form of safer, healthier foods and beverages."