George Flick Honored by Institute of Food Technologists

May 4, 2009



George Flick Honored by Institute of Food Technologists

Chicago, IL - George Flick, University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech, has been selected as the winner of the 2009 Myron Solberg Award by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), a nonprofit international society with 20,000 members working in food science, technology and related professions.
The Myron Solberg Award is given yearly to honor an IFT member for providing leadership in the establishment and successful development and continuation of industry/government/academia cooperative organization, and will be presented at IFT’s Annual Meeting and Food Expo in Anaheim, CA on June 6th 2009. The award includes a $3,000 honorarium and a plaque from the Myron Solberg Endowment Fund of the IFT Foundation.

Flick's research on seafood pasteurization resulted in the development of an internationally utilized process that produces a safe and wholesome product that lasts several years when properly stored. The procedure has been accepted by the Food and Drug Administration, state and foreign regulatory agencies, and the National Fisheries Institute Inc.

Flick has established comprehensive educational programs for industry, academia, and regulators to improve the safety and quality of food products, pharmaceuticals, blood products, and medical devices. His programs have served thousands of individuals through conferences, educational videos, manuals, fact sheets, four books, 30 book chapters, and numerous refereed and non-refereed articles.

IFT recognizes the many accomplishments that individuals and organizations have made to advance the food science industry and to help ensure safe, affordable, and nutritious foods to the world.  To honor these individuals and organizations, the IFT Awards Program was created. This program grants awards, fellowships, and prizes for outstanding accomplishments in all areas of food science and technology, administering 14 Achievement Awards, the Marcel Loncin Research Prize, and the IFT Fellows program.



About IFT
Founded in 1939, the Institute of Food Technologists is a nonprofit scientific society with more than 20,000 individual members working in food science, food technology, and related professions in industry, academia, and government. IFT serves as a conduit for multidisciplinary science thought leadership, championing the use of sound science through knowledge sharing, education, and advocacy. For more information on IFT, visit