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April 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 2014  
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Apply Today! IFSA Foundation Scholarship Applications Due 20 June
The International Flight Services Association Foundation is offering multiple scholarships to help exceptional students and current onboard services professionals further their education. In 2014, the IFSA Foundation will administer over $60,000 USD in scholarship awards.  

The Foundation Scholarships cover tuition, books, living expenses and associated costs with college. The scholarships are available to students across the globe.  

Scholarship applications are now posted on the IFSA website for download. The deadline to apply is 20 June. Apply today!

GAEC Update: FDA Allergen Labeling Requirements
The IFSA Government Affairs & Education Committee recently had a conference call with the FDA. It was explained that all allergen labeling requirements are currently in effect.

There is not a grace period for this regulation as there is no regulatory discretion on allergens. Furthermore, it is important to know that ALL PACKAGED FOOD ITEMS are under the allergen labeling requirements.

This is effective immediately.

A packaged food item is defined by the FDA as anything a consumer has to take the top off of and/or open in order to consume. If the lid is removed before serving the item then it is not a packaged food item.

All packaged food items containing any of the 8 major allergens MUST have one of the following:

Label stating that the item "contains" the allergen(s). A "may contain" statement is not sufficient.

Listing of all ingredients which includes the common name of the allergens contained in the product. Please note that listing all ingredients may trigger additional labeling requirements.
The committee is currently working with the FDA on clarification of other labeling regulation. As we receive additional clarification we will share the information with you. For now it is very important that the allergen regulation above is in effect for everyone in the industry.

For additional information please reference:

Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-282, Title II)


GAEC Reminder: USDA Regulation of Back-Catering and Removal of Regulated Garbage
Recently the IFSA Government Affairs and Education Committee met with the USDA to discuss the removal of regulated garbage aboard aircrafts and exemptions of certain food commodities, specifically when dealing with back-catering.

According to the USDA, "Unused meals and other foodstuffs carried aboard aircraft in the galley are subject to removal as garbage regulated by the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)."  -Title 7 Code of Federal Regulations §330.400-§330.403 and Title 9 Code of Federal Regulations §94.5.

Certain commodities are exempt from these regulations and are allowed to remain onboard; however, they are NOT to be comingled/contaminated with APHIS regulated garbage. 

For a specific list of which commodities are exempted, please reference the following regulation: 

Foodstuffs Onboard Aircraft Exempted From Removal as Regulated Garbage¹

Be advised: If the foodstuffs and beverages listed are contaminated with APHIS regulated garbage, then they are regulated.

IFSA Annual Conference and EXPO News

EXPO Booths and Sponsorships Selling Fast
With 162 booths already sold, space is becoming very limited. Don’t miss out on your chance to be an exhibitor, sponsor or both! As a sponsor, you receive increased exposure and visibility for your company and are promoted to our significant list of onboard services industry members and conference attendees.
Reinforce your message to key buyers
Multiply your marketing opportunities
Increase visibility
Cultivate key relationships

Reserve Booth Space
Sponsorship Opportunities
Thank you to our current 2014 sponsors: 

Platinum Level
Harvey Alpert
Coca-Cola Company

AMI Inflight

En Route

Sunberry Limited
King Nut Companies
Sola Airline Cutlery – The Netherlands

Stay & Save at Official Conference Hotel
Make your reservations now at the official IFSA Annual Conference Hotel, Hilton Anaheim.  By booking inside the IFSA room block, you’ll be at the center of conference activities -while saving money with a discounted room rate. It's a quick trip to get to the EXPO and educational sessions, it provides opportunities for networking with conference attendees and it makes it easy to return to your room. Book your room today!
Calling All Onboard Industry Chefs!
International Flight Services Association (IFSA) will once again offer a dynamic arena for the onboard industry's most talented chefs from around the world the opportunity to cook their way to the title of Best Onboard Chef. The Chef's Competition will be held in conjunction with the upcoming IFSA Annual Conference & EXPO in Anaheim, California 16-17 September 2014.
This exciting IFSA duel has a long-standing reputation for producing exciting, inspiring, mouth-watering cuisine that is sure to impress the competition judges. Each chef will be provided with a market basket of ingredients from which they will be asked to perform their culinary magic to produce an onboard-ready creation. 

What's Different about the 2014 Competition? 
As an added twist, each of the four selected industry chefs will partner with a local student chef, with a portion of the score going towards this working relationship between industry chef and sous chef. 

Register Today! Applications due by 18 May.




Airlines Add Craft Beer to In-Flight Beverage Selection
Beer selection on airplanes might have just become more intriguing with the addition of craft beers on flights. Craft brews in cans now make variety possible.

US Airline Industry Gathers Speed on Strong Results
Despite the disruptions caused by the severe and repeated storms, most carriers will report higher earnings in the three months that ended March 31 than in the same period of 2013. The first quarter, traditionally a money loser, will be a moneymaker in 2014.

Airlines Urged to Engage with Customers to Address Complaints
A report released recently by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund pored through five years of airline passenger complaints to the Department of Transportation, examining complaint categories and frequency of several major airlines. The message was clear: in the airline industry, customer service is king.

Voting is Currently Open for the 2014 Passenger Choice Awards
Do you want your airline or airline customers to be recognized as one of the best by passengers from all over the world? The Passenger Choice Awards were created by the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) to give voice to airline passengers. Winners are chosen based on passenger feedback, and are announced at the Passenger Choice Awards Gala, during the co-located Annual Conference & Exhibition. You can help get your airline in the running by ensuring your customers participate in the survey. Click here to take the survey today.





Midway Advanced Products' b4 hand sanitizer recognized as one of the most popular items in hotel mini bar

Delta highlights 100 accomplishments toward improved sustainability in 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report
Alaska Airlines' $2.5M gift will fund Aerospace Education Center at Museum of Flight
GA Food Safety Professionals Launches First Online GA Food Safety Training Program in US

Meiko Recieves Mercury Award from International Travel Catering Association
United introduces special amenity kits
Cuisine Solutions offers new gourmet chicken