Institute of Food Technologists Names 2010 Congressional Support for Science Award Winners

May 25, 2010


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Institute of Food Technologists Names 2010 Congressional Support for Science Award Winners

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Recognizing the importance of focused and strategic Congressional efforts advancing food science and technology, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) today announced  that the recipients of its 10th annual Congressional Support for Science Award program are Congressman Allen Boyd Jr. (D-Fla.), and Senator Richard Burr, (R-N.C.).

IFT President Marianne Gillette stated, “I am extremely proud to honor Congressman Boyd and Senator Burr for their dedication to food science and commitment to forging respective science-based policy development through their legislative initiatives.”

Selected by an independent panel of IFT members, the Congressional Support for Science Award recognizes distinguished service as legislator, policy-maker or advocate for advancing the role of science and technology in food and agricultural policies. The award is presented annually to two members of Congress as acknowledgment for outstanding contributions during the previous year.

As a farmer and business owner, Congressman Boyd is food policy-oriented and has supported H.RES.886, to advance the goals and purposes of National Teach Ag Day; H.R.1398 to amend nutrition labeling of food offered for sale in foodservice establishments within the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act; H.R.1584 to extend the authorized time period for rebuilding of certain overfished fisheries; H.R.3321 to expand access to healthy afterschool meals for school children in working families; and H.R.4710 to award grants to eligible entities for farm-to-school programs.  Boyd serves on the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee where he works to provide funding for a safe food supply and a healthy agricultural economy in Florida and throughout the nation. 

Senator Richard Burr has been a leading co-sponsor of Richard Durbin’s (D-IL) bill S.510 to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to the safety of the food supply, and sponsored a bipartisan amendment to this bill to ensure FDA consultation, education, and outreach to farms, businesses, and farmers to help them understand and comply with produce safety requirements.  Burr has supported  S.456 to develop guidelines to manage the risk of food allergy and anaphylaxis in schools/early childhood education programs, and S.558 to amend nutrition labeling of food offered for sale in foodservice establishments within the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.   Burr has also supported bills that aimto provide 100 million people with first-time access to safe drinking water and sanitation on a sustainable basis by 2015 and to extend the authorized time period for rebuilding of certain overfished fisheries.

The recipients will be recognized by IFT and presented their awards at a reception on Tuesday, May 25th in Washington, D.C. on Capitol Hill.  The 2009 recipients were Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND), and Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA).


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About IFT
The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) exists to advance the science of food. Our long-range vision is to ensure a safe and abundant food supply contributing to healthier people everywhere. Founded in 1939, IFT is a nonprofit scientific society with 20,000 individual members working in food science, food technology, and related professions in industry, academia, and government. IFT champions the use of sound science across the food value chain through knowledge sharing, education, and advocacy, encouraging the exchange of information, providing both formal and informal educational opportunities, and furthering the advancement of the profession. IFT has offices in Chicago, Illinois, and Washington, D.C. For additional information, please visit ift.org.