The International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) is recognizing its award winners a bit differently this time. With this year’s meeting being online, the IAFP is recognizing its winners with personalized award videos.

Below is a list of the 2020 International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) Award recipients. You can learn more about this year’s recipients and the history behind each award by watching their videos. The IAFP says it is proud to honor its 2020 awardees and recognizes their accomplishments with these short video presentations.

Black Pearl Award
Presented in recognition of a company’s outstanding achievement in corporate excellence in food safety and quality.
Sponsored by: F&H Food Equipment Company

Recipient:
Ajinomoto Foods North America, Inc, Ontario, California

Fellows Award
Presented to Member(s) who have contributed to IAFP and its Affiliates with distinction over an extended period of time.

Recipients:
Robert Buchanan, Mickey Parish

President’s Lifetime Achievement Award
Given at the discretion of the IAFP President to recognize an individual who has made a lasting impact on “Advancing Food Safety Worldwide” through a lifetime of professional achievement in food protection.

Recipient:
Dallas G. Hoover

Honorary Life Membership Award
Recognizes IAFP members for their dedication to the high ideals and objectives of the International Association for Food Protection and for dedicated service to the Association.

Recipients:
Patrice Arbault (posthumously), Jeffrey M. Farber, Judy Harrison, Allen R. Sayler, Peter J. Slade, Mary Lou Tortorello

Harry Haverland Citation Award
Includes $2,500 honorarium and is presented to an individual for years of devotion to the ideals and objectives of IAFP.
Sponsored by: Eurofins

Recipient:
Gary R. Acuff

Food Safety Innovation Award
Includes $2,500 honorarium and is presented to an individual or organization for creating a new idea, practice, or product that has had a positive impact on food safety, thus, improving public health, and the quality of life.
Sponsored by: Walmart Food Safety Collaboration Center

Recipient:
Clear Labs

International Leadership Award
Includes $2,000 honorarium and reimbursement to attend IAFP 2020 and is presented to an individual for dedication to the high ideals and objectives of IAFP and for promotion of the mission of the Association in countries outside of the United States and Canada.

Recipient:
Norma Heredia

Food Safety Award
Includes $2,000 honorarium. This award alternates between individuals and groups or organizations. In 2020, the award will be presented to an individual for highly significant food safety development or in recognition of a long history of outstanding contributions to food safety.
Sponsored by: GMA

Recipient:
Joseph Stout

Frozen Food Foundation Freezing Research Award
Includes $2,000 honorarium and is presented to an individual, group, or organization for preeminence and outstanding contributions in research that impacts food safety attributes of freezing.
Sponsored by:  Frozen Food Foundation

Recipient:
Claire Zoellner

Institut Merieux Young Investigator Award in Antimicrobial Resistance
Includes payment of €10,000 to support further research work by the laureate and is presented at the IAFP Annual Meeting to an active IAFP Member who has shown outstanding ability and professional promise as a researcher in food microbiology/food safety, focusing on antimicrobial resistance.
Sponsored by: Institut Merieux

Recipient:
Shivaramu Keelara

Maurice Weber Laboratorian Award
Includes $2,000 honorarium and is presented to an individual for outstanding contributions in the laboratory, recognizing a commitment to the development of innovative and practical analytical approaches in support of food safety.
Sponsored by: Weber Scientific

Recipient:
Donald W. Schaffner

Larry Beuchat Young Researcher Award
Includes $2,000 honorarium and is presented to a young researcher who has shown outstanding ability and professional promise in the early years of their career.
Sponsored by: bioMérieux, Inc.

Recipient:
Si Hong Park

Ewen C.D. Todd Control of Foodborne Illness Award
Includes $1,500 honorarium and is presented to an individual for dedicated and exceptional contributions to the reduction of risks to foodborne illness.
Sponsored by: Marler Clark Attorneys at Law

Recipient:
Jeffrey M. Farber

Sanitarian Award
Includes $1,500 Honorarium and is presented to an individual for outstanding service to the public, IAFP, and the profession of the Sanitarian.
Sponsored by: Sponsored by Ecolab Inc.

Recipient:
Rick J. Heiman

Elmer Marth Educator Award
Includes $1,500 honorarium and is presented to an individual for outstanding service to the public, IAFP, and the arena of education in food safety and food protection.
Sponsored by: Nelson-Jameson, Inc.

Recipient:
Lynn M. McMullen

Harold Barnum Industry Award
Includes $1,500 Honorarium and is presented to an individual for outstanding service to the public, IAFP, and the food industry.
Sponsored by: MERCK Animal Health

Recipient:
Andrew James Clarke

John H. Silliker Lecturer
The John H. Silliker Lecture was established by Silliker Inc. (now Merieux NutriSciences) in 2004 to recognize the achievements of Dr. Silliker through the practical application of scientific principles to improve food protection.  The John H. Silliker Lecture provides an avenue for recognized experts to present important and timely information on topics of significance to food protection at the IAFP Annual Meeting.
Dr. Silliker established Silliker Laboratories in 1967 and grew the network of laboratories to more than 70 locations in 18 countries.  Dr. Silliker was committed to making meaningful contributions to food safety outside the confines of his laboratory. He was an early proponent of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) system; developed the revolutionary concept of using sponges to collect environmental samples in food plants; and testified at congressional hearings that resulted in the passage of landmark food safety legislation.
The John H. Silliker Lecturer is selected by a committee including a representative from Merieux NutriSciences, the Program Committee Chairperson, and the IAFP President.

Recipient:
Peter K. Ben Embarek

Travel Award for Food Safety Professionals in a Country with a Developing Economy
Presented to food safety professionals working full-time in the field of food safety in a country with a developing economy.
Sponsored by: IAFP Foundation

Recipients:
Kolawole Banwo, A.L.Chathudina Janitha Liyanage, Muhammad Bilal Sadiq

Travel Award for State or Provincial Health or Agricultural Department Employees
Presented to state or provincial health or agricultural department employees (epidemiologists, food and molecular microbiologists, and environmental health specialists) working in North America.
Sponsored by: IAFP Foundation

Recipients:
Dietrich Blum, Veronica Bryant, Leslie Cobb, Taryn Hurley, Temesgen Jemaneh, Kendra Kilawee

Student Travel Scholarship
IAFP recognizes that students from around the world are the future leaders in the field of food safety. Since 2004, the IAFP Foundation has been dedicated to enhancing the career potential of exceptional students through the annual IAFP Student Travel Scholarship Program.
Sponsored by: IAFP Foundation

Recipients:
Cameron Bardsley, Brianna Britton, Alessia Delbrück, Erika Estrada, Savana Everhart, Emily Forauer, Ahmed Gomaa, Marti Hua, Xingyi Jiang, Xinyu Liao, Claire Marik, Francis Muchaamba, Kizito Nishimwe, Duke Gekonge Omayio, Katie Overbey, Angélica Godínez Oviedo, Dacil Rivera, Thiago Sugizaki dos Santos, Mathilde Trudel-Ferland, Ingrid Zamora

Peanut Proud Student Scholarship Award
The Peanut Proud Student Scholarship Award Provides a $2,000 academic scholarship and travel funding for a U.S. graduate student in the field of food microbiology – and specifically in the area of and peanut butter food safety – to attend the Annual Meeting. Peanut Proud is a nonprofit industry organization based in Georgia.
Sponsored by: Peanut Proud

Recipient:
Hyeon Woo Park

CB. Shogren Memorial Award
Includes $500 Honorarium and is presented to the Affiliate demonstrating exceptional overall achievement in promoting the mission of the International Association for Food Protection (“to provide food safety professionals worldwide with a forum to exchange information on protecting the food supply”).

Recipient:
Florida Association for Food Protection

Samuel J. Crumbine Award
From 1955 to 1966 two awards were given: the first for general environmental health, the second for food protection. From 1968 to 1973, the award was suspended due to a general lack of innovation in food protection programs during that period.
Sponsored by: The award is sponsored by the Conference for Food Protection (CFP), in cooperation with the American Academy of Sanitarians, American Public Health Association, Association of Food and Drug Officials, Foodservice Packaging Institute, International Association for Food Protection, National Association of County & City Health Officials, National Environmental Health Association, NSF International, and Underwriters Laboratories

Recipient:
Southern Nevada Health District

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